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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.

    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."