How can we practice exhibitionism

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From the Aachen police report:

Police pulled a 28-year-old man out of circulation this morning for walking downtown with his trousers down to his knees.

Several callers had turned to the police, frightened and angry. The man's walking direction could be determined beyond doubt based on the incoming emergency calls in the police control center. So the exhibitionist could be stopped a few streets away without much effort. Escape seemed pointless, as the lowered pants would have ruined an attempted escape very quickly.

When asked why he was walking through the city, there was a reference to a technical defect in his pants. Both the elastic of the underpants and the sweatpants are so worn out that they slide down.

A function test with the consent of the convicted person showed that this was obviously a protective claim. "This showed that both the elastic of the underpants and the sweatpants were in perfect technical condition and the pants could not / should not have slipped on their own!"

To call the man an exhibitionist is a bit premature, by the way. In order to make yourself liable to prosecution for exhibitionist acts according to Section 183 of the Criminal Code, you not only need to be exposed. This must also sexually motivated be. There's nothing about that in the police report. Those who do not want to be sexually aroused, be it through their own actions or the reaction of the audience, are not liable to prosecution.

Exposure to shock or provoke others is only an administrative offense (Section 118 of the Administrative Offenses Act).

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