Aussie Police Downgrade Charges For Mooning Queen

Published January 17, 2012 1:54AM (EST)

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australian police have downgraded charges against a man who mooned Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip as they drove past thousands of well-wishers during a visit to Australia.

Police told Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday that they have dropped a charge of willful exposure against 22-year-old Liam Lloyd Warriner for baring his buttocks to the royal couple in October. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

Defense attorney John-Paul Mould says Warriner will plead guilty to a lesser charge of creating a public nuisance and will appear for sentencing on Feb. 14. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail.

It is not clear whether the royal couple saw Warriner.

By Salon Staff

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