Memphis man arrested because his pants were too low

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis man was arrested for indecent exposure in a courtroom because his pants were too low.

Leslie Hewlett had a case in General Sessions Court 15.  While in the courtroom, he picked up another case.

"They made a big deal out of nothing," Hewlett said.

Hewlett was arrested and accused of wearing his pants so low that, "his buttocks were visible for everyone to see."

"I had a muscle man shirt to cover up the drawers," Hewlett said.  "I tucked it in where they couldn't see my drawers."

Steve Shular with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said proper attire is an important part of courtroom business.

"This whole thing is not just about order in the court," Shular said.  "That's certainly part of it, but this is about common decency."

Some Memphians argued that sagging pants were just a form of expression.

"I really don't like it, having your pants sag, because that doesn't make a man look good," said Tondra Charles.  "But you know, it is what it is."

Hewlett said he would not change the way he dresses.

"That's part of my swag," Hewlett said.  "I ain't on their side, but I'm going to be real with you.  If you're in the courthouse or in public places where they don't allow that, you know, you've got to pay the fine."

Hewlett was also charged with disorderly conduct.  The affidavit said he was loud, belligerent and hostile.

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