Monday, August 5, 2013
The Hutchinson City Council is scheduled to take a peek at an ordinance that would ban public nudity in the city.
The Hutchinson News reports the ordinance before the council Tuesday includes very specific definitions of what constitutes public nudity.
City Attorney Paul Brown says laws against disturbing the peace and lewd and lascivious behavior don't address the issue. He says those laws require that someone who is nude in public must have the intent either to disturb others or achieve sexual gratification before charges are allowed.
Brown acknowledges the city doesn't have a serious public nudity problem, but he says police occasionally get calls about someone nude in public. The law wouldn't apply to anyone under 10 years old, a nude model or a breastfeeding mother.