A couple was arrested Monday night after police allegedly caught them having sex in the middle of the square at Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages.

According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, reports were received regarding two people having sexual intercourse just after 10:30 p.m. Monday. When deputies arrived at the scene, a 49-year-old Summerfield man and a 68-year-old woman of The Villages were apparently engaged in sexual activity.

The report states that the man had his blue jeans and underwear around his ankles and that the woman’s pants were completely removed and her shirt was pulled down.

person handcuffedDeputies ordered the pair to put their clothing back on. They were both arrested for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. They were released from the Sumter County jail after posting $1,500 bail each.

Investigators believe the couple was intoxicated. The report stated that the man has a prior DUI arrest.

Deputies said that the large crowds at Lake Sumter Landing had disappeared by 10:30 p.m. Monday, but that there were still many people there at the time the couple was having sex.

In the state of Florida, indecent exposure, also known as exposure of sexual organs, is a serious criminal offense that carries very severe consequences for the accused. While a conviction does carry the possibility of jail time, it could also affect your future by interfering with employment opportunities, professional licensing, housing options and other aspects of your daily life. An indecent exposure charge should never be brushed aside. A Villages Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you explore all possible defense options so that you can avoid the strict consequences of a conviction.

Indecent exposure or exposure of sexual organs is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida. A conviction carries penalties of up to one year in jail or 12 months’ probation, and a $1000 fine.

In many cases, indecent exposure charges can be negotiated down to a lesser offense. If you or someone you love has been accused of indecent exposure in The Villages or elsewhere in Lake, Sumter or Marion County, please call a Villages Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton today at 352-369-5334 or contact us online to learn more about your legal options. You should never enter any kind of plea before consulting with an attorney. All consultations with us are completely free and confidential.