27-year-old Utah woman who went topless for her stepchildren in her OWN home pleads guilty to immorality in deal to prevent her from being entered into the register of sex offenders
- Tilli Buchanan has opted for the plea to prevent the criminal case from going to court
- Her lawyer described the case as “ridiculous,” but said she could not run the risk of registering as a sex offender if she was convicted of the charge
- Buchanan was accused of three violations of lust
- It came after her three stepchildren aged nine to 13 saw her and their father topless
- Few installed insulation in their home; her husband was not charged
- Buchanan was charged in early 2019 after the mother of the children had reported this
- She claimed that if her husband could bare his chest, there was no reason she couldn’t
A woman from Utah accepted a plea after she was charged with being topless for her stepchildren in her own home.
Tilli Buchanan has opted for the plea to prevent the criminal case from going to court and to register as a sex offender if convicted, her lawyer told the local media.
“She would have liked to have it appealed,” the lawyer, Randy Richards, told the Salt Lake Tribune and described the case as “ridiculous.”
“But it was almost on my advice that she didn’t – not because I don’t think she would win, but there is a possibility that if we go all the way to court, she will be judged by a jury and then put in the register sex offenders. “
Buchanan was accused of three crimes of lewdness involving a child after her three stepchildren aged nine to 13 saw her topless while she and her husband had installed insulation in their garage.
The husband was also topless but he was not taxed.
Tilli Buchanan, pictured on the left in court and on the right with her husband and stepchildren, made a plea on Tuesday to avoid the risk of having to register as sex offender if convicted
Tilli Buchanan’s decision put an end to the case that drew attention to a debate about whether it is fair to treat men and women differently because they have exposed their breasts. Her husband was not charged, even though he had taken off his shirt at the time
The couple had said they had undressed their underwear to prevent them from getting dirty.
Buchanan was charged in early 2019 after the children’s mother had reported the incident to the authorities.
She argued in court cases that if her husband could bared his chest, there was no reason not to.
But prosecutors disagreed and underlined that lewdness also includes the breasts of a woman in contemporary American society.
In her plea on Tuesday, Buchanan admitted that she had exposed her breasts for an adult who “caused insult or alarm.”
The charge is withdrawn after a year as long as it does not commit another crime.
“This whole thing is ridiculous,” her lawyer said. ‘They (or other women) have to worry that their children will see them topless? It is ridiculous.’
The charges were filed after the children’s mother reported the incident to child welfare officers who were working on a separate investigation of the children
Tilli Buchanan, her husband Jared and their three stepchildren in a suit
Buchanan pleaded guilty to a felony count of immorality as part of the agreement that dropped two other allegations of immorality regarding a child. The remaining indictment is withdrawn after one year as long as Buchanan does not commit new crimes
He said his client had essentially pleaded guilt for being topless for her husband.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, involved in the case, said the charges against Buchanan amounted to prosecution and should never have gone so far.
“When I talk to people about the case, I don’t think one of them realized they could be charged with a crime to walk around with their shirts off in their own homes,” ACLU lawyer Leah Farrell told the New York Times.