tilli buchanan: a utah woman faces lewdness charges for being topless in front of her stepchildren, but she says the statute is discriminatory against women

A Utah Woman Faces Lewdness Charges for Being Topless in Front of Her Stepchildren, May Have to Register as a Sex Offender

Get ready for a little controversy. Tilli Buchanan says that she was attempting to teach her three stepchildren about women’s inequality while getting undressed in her home, with her husband present. 

The Utah-based stepmother now faces lewdness charges. Tilli recently appeared in court and argued that the state’s lewdness statute discriminates against women. 

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Tilli Buchanan: Utah Woman Faces Lewdness Charges for Appearing Topless in Front of Her Stepchildren in Her Own Home

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Tilli and her husband were installing insulation in their garage and decided to get out of their work clothes and take a shower. 

Apparently her stepchildren, a 13-year-old boy, a 10-year-old girl, and a 9-year-old boy, walked in and became embarrassed. The stepmom took the opportunity to explain that a woman’s breasts are not sexual objects. 

“This isn’t a sexual thing,” Tilli shared with the Tribune. “I should be able to wear exactly what my husband wears. You shouldn’t be embarrassed about this.”

Prosecutors learned of the incident during an unrelated investigation conducted by the Division of Child and Family Services. 

Court documents show that Tilli was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time. They also allege that she insisted that her husband show his genitals to make a point. 

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“I was devastated because the moment I took to teach the kids, it was kind of smashed. Like you can’t teach kids this. In fact, you’re going to be charged for even bringing this up.”

“It was in the privacy of my own home. My husband was right next to me in the same exact manner that I was, and he’s not being prosecuted.” 

If found guilty, the stepmom could face jail time and would be listed as a sex offender for 10 years. A ruling is expected to be released in the next two months.

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