Why He's Naked And Unafraid In Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)-- Several viewers sent in pictures of a naked man walking on Topeka streets last week asking 13 News to find out why he wasn't arrested and what will be a surprise to most of you, it turns out walking naked in Kansas is actually not against the law.

Natasha Shamblin says she couldn't believe her eyes when she saw this man.

"I realized he was butt naked!" she says.

She and other viewers told 13 News they saw this naked man was walking along Burlingame Road.

"The fact that kids could be outside playing, or in their classrooms, he walked past schools, past churches," said Natasha.

Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones told 13 News 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 Natasha.

13 News called several state legislators and only one was vaguely familiar with the state statue.

"Well if they weren't aware, you know there are so many laws, we know we have like 12 volumes, the criminal code is 21 dash whatever. I think it should be reviewed, but you know if its freedom of expression, now you are getting into freedoms that we all share," said Republican State Representative of the 47th district, Ramon Gonzales, Jr.

"It's really really disturbing and makes me wonder how many people are going to catch wind of this and think its okay to do that," said Natasha.

Photo courtesy of Austin Evan Wright