TOPEKA, Kan. – Several people took photos of a naked man walking the streets of Topeka last week.
Several witnesses called the local news station to find out why he wasn’t arrested.
It turns out walking around naked in Kansas is not actually against the law.
Natasha Shamblin says she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the man.
“He was butt naked,” said Shamblin.
She and other viewers told 13 News they saw this naked man was walking along Burlingame Road.
“Yeah, the fact that kids could be outside playing, or in their classrooms, he walked past schools, past churches,” said Shamblin.
Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones us according to the state statute, it is legal to walk around naked.
“Unless someone is exposing themselves or a sexual organ to gratify or arouse someone other than them self, it’s really not anything against the law,” said Jones.
“I’m confused! I’m like really baffled about it. I don’t understand how is this okay,” said Shamblin.
Thirteen news called several state legislators and only one was vaguely familiar with the state statue.
“If they weren’t aware, you know there are so many laws, we know we have like 12 volumes, 20-some volumes of code, the criminal code is 21 dash whatever,” said Ramon Gonzales Jr. “I think it should be reviewed, but you know if its freedom of expression, now you are getting into freedoms that we all share.”
“It’s really, really disturbing and makes me wonder how many people are going to catch wind of this and then think it’s okay to do that,” said Shamblin.