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Court date set for Loudoun County’s naked duo

Maria C. Cano-Morales and Brent Martinez. Courtesy Photos/Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
Loudoun County's most-seen couple heads to court next month.

Brent A. Martinez, 36, and Maria C. Cano-Morales, 31, who were arrested Sunday for indecent exposure after wandering naked in eastern Loudoun are set to appear in Loudoun County General District Court for an adjudicatory hearing at 8:30 a.m. April 25.

The two were arrested at a hotel in the 21000 block of Ridgetop Circle in Sterling around 4:15 p.m. on March 4.

Indecent exposure is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which can carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell said “there was no indication they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”

“Their motivation remains unclear,” Troxell said.

Photos of the couple have rapidly spread across social media in the past day, garnering hundreds of comments, puns and social commentary.

A photo of the naked couple posted in The Original Real Housewives of Loudoun County Facebook. (The photo has been altered to not show nudity.)

Related coverage:

-"Naked couple spotted strolling through One Loudoun; Sterling man, woman arrested"

Correction: This story has been updated to correct the time set for the April 25 adjudicatory hearing.


Chris N - Some quick points.  First is that definition that the exposure be obscene which creates that same problem that was raised in the Larry Flynt case.  What is obscene one may not be obscene to another.

Then there is the fact that the law does not apply to breast feeding, yes we can all agree to this.  But is raises the issue as to whether that makes the law discriminatory on its face, as it only exempts women. 

Finally, perhaps they were making a political statement , what that would be I have no idea.  But if that becomes the case then perhaps they would be “covered” by the First Amendment. 

Just a few thoughts.

Indecent exposure is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which can carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.

This was a fun story that has probably run its course. As far as I can tell, the LTM was the print publication that broke the story, which was later picked up by The Washington Post (without attribution!) and went viral.

Regarding the legal implications for the couple, let’s hope that the judge sees this as a case of “no harm, no foul,” and either dismisses the charges, or lets them off with a stern word and some community service (perhaps with a local charity that distributes clothing to the needy?) Come on, does anybody really think that leniency in this case would encourage a rash of copycats? (We can only hope!)

It was likely a spontaneous stunt that provided some greatly-needed levity during a dreary time. Thanks to Google, the names of “Brent A. Martinez” and “Maria C. Cano-Morales” will forever be connected to their Spring Fling at One Loudoun. That is punishment enough.

“Their motivation remains unclear.”

Just a thought…maybe they’re loons.

They exceeded their 2nd Amendment right to bare arms.

I wonder what they will not be wearing to court.

The evidence in this case should be revealing.

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