Girls' Mooning Leads To Woman's Arrest
POSTED: 2:48 pm EDT April 17, 2006
UPDATED: 4:10 pm EDT April 17, 2006
A woman in Mims, Fla., was arrested after two girls in her custody, ages 8 and 6, were spotted exposing themselves and apparently mooning passing motorists on a darkened roadway, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.
An officer responded to reports of the two young girls standing along Meadow Green Drive in Mims bent over the shoulder of the road with their shorts around their ankles, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.
The deputy questioned Teresa Lynn Shoultz, 38, who admitted telling the children that she once mooned passing cars as a youth.
"They asked me if I ever mooned anyone before. I told them I had when I was younger...I told them I did it at night," Shoultz told the officer, according to jail records.
When the girls were questioned, one of the children told deputies that Shoultz told them that the behavior was "OK," Florida Today said reports showed.
However, Shoultz said she did not encourage the children to moon motorists and that the children left the home as she tended to a camp fire.
The deputy arrested Shoultz after determining that the children could have been hurt in the roadway or near an adjacent pond.
She was charged with child abuse.
The children were turned over to their parents.
Shoultz, who was watching the children when the incident happened, was released from the Brevard County Jail on her own recognizance Sunday
The Brevard County Sheriff's report also said Shoultz was apparently intoxicated during the incident.
So basically the woman gave the girls the idea it was okay to drop trou and moon cars. That in turn drew attention to the fact that she was negligent in her duties as babysitter by failing to supervise them and letting them stand by a roadway in the dark and moon cars as they sped past, . And, since Florida classifies Child Neglect under the Child Abuse Statute and the little girls are 6 and 8 years old I can see how she was charged with that.
It's all the same statute, but the penalties change depending on the seriousness of the offense.