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Man Arrested for Mooning in Small Town in Texas - Taking Things Too Far?

Updated on August 30, 2009

Full Moon Has New Definition

 In the small town of Granbury, Texas, in Hood County (pop. 50,000 roughly) a 34 year old man was arrested for "mooning" the car behind him. He was charged with Indecent exposure and released on a $2,500 bond. There was no mention in the local paper of anyone being under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the incident.

The charged man, a passenger in a pickup, climbed out of the passenger window, while the pickup was driving down the road. He then climbed into the bed of the pickup where he proceeded to drop his pants, enough to moon the people in the car traveling behind them. I don't know if the people in the car that got mooned were friends of the "mooner" or not. Paper didn't say. Anyway, the local police spotted all of this going on, pulled over the pickup, and proceeded to arrest the "mooner" and haul him to jail. All of this happened during the week of the full moon during the month of August, 2009.  

My Opinion on the Situation

Being a teenager in the 1970s, we thought "mooning" people was hysterically funny, and never dreamed it could get you arrested. Although it isn't the most mature thing to do, I can't bring myself to agree that it really constitutes an "indecent exposure" charge. Considering all the sex and violence that we see on prime-time television every night, and the fact that this mooning incident happened either very late at night or early in the morning (I believe), these two vehicles could have possibly been the only two vehicles on the road within a mile or so, except for the police car that arrested the man. You see, around here, in Granbury, they pretty much "roll up the sidewalks" by nine o'clock pm. After 11pm, about the only things open around here are Walmart, Kroger, and a couple of 24 hour convenience/gas stations. I have driven through this town, even on a weekend night, and seriously seen only a couple of cars on the major highway (377) that the majority of the businesses are located along.

Now, if I am not mistaken, if these "indecent exposure" charges stick, this guy will be considered a sex offender, with all the things that go along with it. Most assuredly, probation at the least, possible jail time(?), and fines. Plus he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. All from what I consider a silly prank. Gives a lot of credence to Granbury's worst kept secret motto, which is "Come on vacation, leave on probation". Personally, I think the police overreacted. If there had been some "full frontal" exposure involved, or sexually suggestive things involved, none of which were alluded to in the article I read, it would be different. This poor sap just "dropped trou" and mooned the car behind him and his buddies, and I bet he knew the people in the car behind and they were friends of his. Amazing.

In all fairness, we just got a "new Sheriff in town" and he and his deputies have done a wonderful job of cleaning up the growing drug problem we had developing here, as well as doing many other fine things for our community. So I have to give them big Kudos for the good work they have been doing. But this mooning incident just struck me as totally overreacting, and I would love to hear any comments you have on this! So feel free to post your comments. Is it just me, or was this guy arrested for no REAL good reason? Is it a waste of taxpayers dollars? What do you think? Stay tuned for other unusual things that go on in small towns, under my "Small Towns, Small Minds" series!!!

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      The Mom 6 years ago

      So both of my toddlers came home with no Underwear for the 3rd visit in a row. I was furious and told my EX that he had to send them back in underwear!!! DUH!

      This 38 year old, 350 pound man... Dropped his pants COMPLETELY. To show that he didn't need underwear so the kids didn't.

      Now my 3 and 5 year olds want to know why "daddy" has hair on his behind... And my neighbors want to press charges against me (the ones next door have a 15 year old girl and she saw his frontal bits) while he was "visiting my house" to drop my kids off.

      Mooning is one thing. Exposing children (of ANY AGE) to the viewing of ADULT PARTS is illegal.

      I know, the legal aid attorney told me that I have to file charges against my ex to avoid the neighbor suing. And it scares the hell out of me.

      I don't blame them. If my kids saw a mans front giblets, I'd have him in JAIL!

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      Michelle Gates 7 years ago

      I was arrested in March for "mooning" my soon to be ex mother in law. Yes, it was immature but considering she has helped my husband take my children & move his "girlfriend", (in which they are only friends but spend every afternoon together til bedtime)behind our marital home, I was very frustrated. I did think it was just a joking, teenage thing to do & no one actually gets in trouble...WRONG...they charged me with domestic violence 3rd degree. Yes, not even indecent exposure. I know the excuse was to arrest me therefore hurting my chances of custody, but we shall see tomorrow, because the judge is also the judge handling my divorce, so when all the garbage comes up tomorrow for the reason I did this act, He will also know what kind of cheating man Im married to. So this may actually work to my advantage.

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      Fred 7 years ago

      Truthfully, mooning is a prank by its nature and nothing sexual. Therefore, in my view it does not constitute arrest. I would have probably just laughed it off if someone in front of us mooned us while I was driving and perhaps tried to catch them back when the opportunity presented itself.

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      Fred 8 years ago

      Personally, I believe mooning is vile. That being said, it is of a prank nature and does not justify arrest. Maybe a warning at best.

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      pennyhowington 8 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      When I think back to all the "mooning" that was done during my high school years, half of the senior class could have been in jail! Things are just getting ridiculous!

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      RYPcontent 8 years ago from Chatham, IL

      Moon landing...LOL!

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      A Texan 8 years ago

      "Moon landing" Now that's funny!

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      Laura Thykeson 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I guess if he had fallen out of the truck while mooning, it could have been a moon landing....

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      A Texan 8 years ago

      They always charge someone with an offense higher than the actual charge so it can be plead down to the lessor charge, if no genitalia was exposed then it is not indecent exposure! I didn't say they wouldn't charge him with it!

      Where is Granbury I have never heard of it? Never mind I looked it up, near Dallas/Ft Worth, we call that North Texas

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      JamesBenjaminJrMD 8 years ago from USA

      Worse yet he could have been charged with "disturbing the peace" of the peace officer.

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      Laura Thykeson 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Well, he WAS charged with "indecent exposure" and had to pay the $2,500 bond, but the paper only mentioned "mooning". So, I will keep you posted on what comes of this, don't worry! There is always something weird happening around here, so this isn't the last you'll be hearing about this place! Lived here practically all my life and this one really got me, poor guy!

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      Tony McGregor 8 years ago from South Africa

      Seems a little extreme, to charge a person for a stupid prank that really harmed no-one! Except perhaps the mooner who might have gotten a cold wind up his ass!

      Love and peace


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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Well, I'm glad it wasn't you, Tex!

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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

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      A Texan 8 years ago

      No Ralph wasn't me, but thanks for thinking of me and my a$$

      Hey that Motto belongs to Williamson County

      As far as being indecent exposure I believe it has to involve displaying genitalia, I'm thinking this will probably result in a fine nothing more, but keep us posted!

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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      I wonder if it was our fellow Hubber "The Texan?"


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