In July 2014, Jose Caballero and Elissa Alvarez enjoyed the pleasure of each other’s company–immensely–on Bradenton Beach in Florida. There were several onlookers, including a grandmother who was kind enough to video the entire 25 minute session and then document that they took a post-coital dip in the ocean before returning to their towels for a nap. Once they woke they decided it would be a good time to resume their enjoyment of each other.
At no point prior to this did anyone interrupt them, call the police, or do anything but watch. (see video below)
They were recently sentenced, after the jury deliberated for only 15 minutes. Their “defense” was that Alvarez was merely “dancing” atop Caballero. However, after seeing the video that the grandmother provided, documenting the event from start to finish, and hearing testimony, the jury was not convinced. Alvarez was sentenced to time already served, and Caballero to 30 months. Both of them are required to register as sex offenders.
We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.
In just about every state sex in public is a crime-usually a misdemeanor. But the definitions of “sex” and “public” can vary. Outside the United States however, the rules can be quite different. Amsterdam and Copenhagen allow public sex but ask that participants be polite about it. And there are certain places where it’s allowed in Spain and France. It’s hard to understand how public displays of affection can be a crime but public displaying weaponry capable of killing several people in the span of seconds is okay. America might want to reconsider their values.
In 2005 then-Governor of Florida “Jeb” Bush signed into law what is now known as “Stand Your Ground” enabling people in that state to get away with murder if they feel scared or threatened. By 2010, after only five years on the books, “justifiable homicide” cases were on the increase in Florida with it being invoked in 93 cases and resulting in 65 deaths. On average, twice per week, someone’s killing in Florida has been considered warranted.
The moral of the story here is, you can kill someone in Florida and walk away. But if you have sex on the beach you’re going to jail.
Watch TampaBay Fox 13 report with video of their sex on the beach:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s1qJKt68Co?feature=player_detailpage&w=640&h=360]
Featured image is a screen capture from the video above.