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Recent events have seen a person (with a history of sexual offending) charged for indecent exposure in the changing room of a nude spa in Los Angeles.

However, I am confused because surely a changing room necessarily involves the nude exposure of body parts not ordinarily exposed. Under what circumstances can you be charged with indecent exposure in a setting where nudity is necessary in California?

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That would be when he does so willfully and lewdly. Simple nudity is not illegal. See for instance in re Dallas W., where the court found that sexual intent is necessary: "'something more than mere nudity' must be shown", citing In re Smith (1972) 7 Cal. 3d 36. A propos this incident, the reported partial erection is not irrelevant.

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