Faced with the possibility of being placed on a sex offender registry for 10 years, Utah’s Tilli Buchanan has instead pleaded guilty to lesser charges after being prosecuted for appearing topless in front of her stepchildren.
Prosecutors claimed in court that Buchanan purposefully stripped in front of the children while under the influence of alcohol and told her husband she’d only put her clothes back on if she saw his penis. The children’s biological mother said news of the incident “alarmed” her enough to file a report with the Division of Child and Family Services. Prosecutors decided to pursue the case, even though they were unable to corroborate important parts of the story, such as the date of the incident.
Buchanan was charged with three misdemeanor counts of lewdness involving a child. Her husband escaped charges as Utah’s lewdness statute defines lewdness as the exposure of “genitals, the female breast below the top of the areola, the buttocks, the anus, or the pubic area.” If convicted, Buchanan risked having her name added to a sex offender registry for 10 years.