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Colorado Misdemeanor & Felony – Indecent Exposure (18-7-302)

18-7-302. Indecent exposure.

(1) A person commits indecent exposure:

(a) If he or she knowingly exposes his or her genitals to the view of any person under circumstances in which such conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to the other person with the intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desire of any person;

(b) If he or she knowingly performs an act of masturbation in a manner which exposes the act to the view of any person under circumstances in which such conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to the other person.

(2) (a) (Deleted by amendment, L. 2003, p. 1435, § 31, effective July 1, 2003.)

(b) Indecent exposure is a class 1 misdemeanor.

(3) (Deleted by amendment, L. 2002, p. 1587, § 21, effective July 1, 2002.)

(4) Indecent exposure is a class 6 felony if the violation is committed subsequent to two prior convictions of a violation of this section or of a violation of a comparable offense in any other state or in the United States, or of a violation of a comparable municipal ordinance.

(5) For purposes of this section, “masturbation” means the real or simulated touching, rubbing, or otherwise stimulating of a person’s own genitals or pubic area for the purpose of sexual gratification or arousal of the person, regardless of whether the genitals or pubic area is exposed or covered.

Source: L. 72: p. 275, § 4. C.R.S. 1963: § 40-7-302. L. 77: (1) amended, p. 965, § 36, effective July 1. L. 94: (2) amended and (3) and (4) added, p. 1721, § 18, effective July 1. L. 95: (2) to (4) amended, p. 1254, § 15, effective June 3. L. 2002: (2)(b), (3), and (4) amended, p. 1587, § 21, effective July 1. L. 2003: (2) and (4) amended, p. 1435, § 31, effective July 1. L. 2010: (1) amended and (5) added, (HB 10-1334), ch. 359, p. 1708, § 2, effective August 11.


Subsection (1) provides a sufficiently clear standard of conduct, and application of the statute of the defendant’s conduct did not deprive him of due process of law. People v. Randall, 711 P.2d 689 (Colo. 1985).

Elements of offense not satisfied simply by proof that defendant was naked. A person must do something that would make his or her genitals visible to another person. People v. Barrus, 232 P.3d 264 (Colo. App. 2009).

Subsection (4) is a sentence enhancer, not a substantive offense. Therefore, the prosecution must prove the prior convictions to the court, not the jury. The burden of proof to the court is preponderance of the evidence. People v. Schreiber, 226 P.3d 1221 (Colo. App. 2009).

Here is the link to the Actual Bill Showing the August 2010 Changes



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