Stepmum charged with lewdness after kids saw her topless in home

A stepmother was charged with lewdness after her husband's kids saw her topless inside her own home.

Tilli Buchanan had been working in the garage with her husband Jared when they both took their shirts off so their clothes wouldn't get dusty.

The 28-year-old, from Utah, in the United States, took a plea deal this week that allowed her to avoid having to register as a sex offender if convicted.

She had challenged the state's lewdness law, which she said was unconstitutional as it discriminated against women by making it illegal for them to show their breasts.

Her lawyer Randy Richards said: “This whole thing is ridiculous.

“She (or other women) have to worry about their kids seeing them topless? It’s ridiculous.”

But the judge had agreed with the prosecutor that lewdness is understood by most people to include women's breasts.

The incident – which happened in late 2017 or early-2018 – happened when she and her husband removed their shirts while working and were seen by her stepchildren, aged nine and 13.

The youngsters' biological mother is understood to have heard about the incident and reported it to officials after being "alarmed".

Ms Buchanan's lawyer said she took the plea deal as she could have gone to prison if convicted after going to trial.

Mr Richards told local media: “If we lose this, she’s on the sex offender registry with child rapists and things of that nature.

“The magnitude of the penalty on this is enormous.”

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Ms Buchanan had previously argued there were double standards with regard to topless men and women.

“It was in the privacy of my own home. My husband was right next to me in the same exact manner that I was, and he’s not being prosecuted,” she said previously.

However, cops had argued she was under the influence of alcohol when she took her top off.

She was originally charged with three counts of misdemeanour lewdness involving a child in February last year while her husband faced no charges.

In her deal, she pleaded guilty to one count of lewdness, with one dropped and the other to remain on file for a year subject to her committing any new offences.

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