Susan Corona, 41, a married woman, and Justin Amend, 29, who is not her husband, were arrested last week for allegedly having sex on a picnic table near a playground in a public park.
Both were charged with public lewdness and Mrs. Corona faces an additional charge of adultery.
Mrs. Corona has yet to enter a plea, and will fight the constitutionality of the charge. Her husband is standing by her.
Suzanne Corona: Woman Faces Adultery Charge In New York (Video)
Suzanne Corona and Justin M. Amend were allegedly fornicating in full view of other citizens, including children, when a report was made by a mother at the park.
When asked by Officer Matthew Baldwin what they were doing, they replied ‘Just talking’, according to the report.
Batavia Police Department Officer Eric Hill said “obviously they weren’t just talking.”
The alleged incident occurred on a picnic table under a pavilion and some witnesses said the couple were “going at it,” implying sexual intercourse.
For some reason, many people are outraged at the charges of adultery, even though the law in New York states the following:
Section 255.17 of the New York State penal law
“A person is guilty of adultery when he engages in sexual intercourse with another person at a time he has a living spouse, or the other person has a living spouse.” According to the law, an adultery conviction is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, or a $500 fine.
The law was enacted in the state in 1907, although only about a dozen people have been charged.
Genesee County District Attorney Larry Friedman said “One of the reasons you don’t see this charge more often is that the law in New York State requires that there must be corroboration.”
Since the alleged incident took place in full view of citizens as well as a police officer, there was “no basis not to file the charge,” according to D,A, Friedman.
According to court papers obtained by WHAM 13, Corona told police at the time of her arrest, “I know what I did was inappropriate and I apologize, but you’d understand if you knew what my life was like.”
She told officers her husband is “transgender,” and that the two “never had sex.”
Corona says the charges are unfair, telling reporters, “Nothing was out there, nothing was showing.” Her husband stood by her as she continued with statements like, “It’d be like I was sitting on your lap on a picnic table bench, fully clothed” and “We were not naked on a picnic table…His genitals were exposed perhaps by the zipper, but that’s it. But no one would see that.”
Suzanne Corona faces up to 90 days in jail or a $500 fine on the adultery charge.
You can watch Suzanne Corona try to explain herself, as well as see Justin Amend try to avoid reporters in the video below.
I don’t know what it is about people and their lack of modesty these days, but if the charges are true, it’s disgusting. While someone may be an exhibitionist, they don’t have the right to impose their lack of morals on the unsuspecting public, and that includes children.
Personally, I’m glad to see the adultery charge—it might stop someone else from pulling the same stunt, if in fact it occurred. Ninety days in jail would give someone plenty of time to think about common decency and why it’s necessary to refrain from such immoral behavior.
Some things are simply not acceptable to average, normal, hard working citizens.
What do you think of Suzanne Corona being charged with adultery and Justin M. Amend being charged with public lewdness? Fair? Not fair? Antiquated law? About time someone took morals and modesty seriously?
Keep in mind that both Amend and Corona are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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