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Lawmakers Consider Raising Penalty for Repeat Indecent Exposure

By MICHAEL BRICK
|  Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013  |  Updated 7:07 AM CDT
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Lawmakers Consider Raising Penalty for Repeat Indecent Exposure

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Lawmakers are considering raising the penalty for repeat offenders convicted of indecent exposure.

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Lawmakers are considering raising the penalty for repeat offenders convicted of indecent exposure.

In a hearing before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Tuesday, Republican Rep. Linda Harper-Brown of Irving aimed her bill squarely at a registered sex offender in her home district with more than 20 convictions.

Under current law, each conviction counts as a class B misdemeanor. Her bill would make the second offense a class A misdemeanor and the eighth offense a state jail felony.

Harper-Brown said the man she had in mind has repeatedly knocked on windows to get the attention of children before exposing himself. He has also approached a church and a beauty salon.

Law enforcement officials said repeat offenders abound. Harper-Brown said that "you learn something new every day."

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