A perverted man will walk free after his conviction was overturned because “pleasuring himself in front of university students was not a crime.”
The ruling came after the 69-year-old man, who was identified only as Pietro L, exposed himself in front of female students at the University of Catania in Sicily.
The man was arrested before being sentenced to three months in jail and a fine of about $3,600.
Pietro claimed that he only pleasured himself in public occasionally around dusk when there was “reduced visibility.”
His lawyers appealed the case the Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome, citing a law that was introduced last year, which decriminalized exposing oneself in public in front of women.
The judges agreed with the lawyers and overturned the conviction. They ruled that according to the law that was passed last year, public exposure and sex acts out of the presence of minors, is no longer deemed criminal conduct.
People and politicians were shocked to hear the news of the ruling, and they accused the government of protecting perverts.
However, the court ruled that Pietro will have to pay a fine. The case was sent back to courts in Catania, to determine the fine which could be between €5,000 ($ 5,651) and €30,000 ($33,912).