Earlier this week, 19-year-old Hunter Osborn, a senior at Red Mountain High School, had a felony charge and 69 misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure brought against him for stupidly exposing his dong in the football team’s yearbook picture. While we don’t endorse the specific action Osborn took, teens will always pull off stupid pranks in high school and punishing them with potentially life-altering felony charges is a rather draconian recourse. You can’t legislate dumb teen mischief away by making an example of one football dude who didn’t think about the consequences of accepting a dare.
Thankfully, the typically dystopian American justice system course corrected and got this one right, as Osborn will no longer face any of the charges. Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced yesterday afternoon that they were no longer pursuing felony charges, and that they’d review the 69 counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure:
“An assessment of the available evidence for the felony charge of Furnishing Harmful Items to Minors, ARS 13-3506.A., leads us to conclude that the evidence does not establish a violation of the statute,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
A few hours later, Mesa Police announced that nobody else in the yearbook photo wanted to press charges against Osborn, so he’s now clear on all counts:
Mesa police announced late Wednesday afternoon that the case against a Red Mountain High School student accused of indecent exposure was closed because “all parties involved no longer desire prosecution.”
The sun is shining.