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Colo. Senate bill says public nudity is not a sex offense

Jessica Fender
The Denver Post

Streakers, public urinators and others who bare themselves in public out of foolishness – and not for sexual gratification – wouldn’t have to register as sex offenders if House Bill 1334 continues its progress through the legislature.

The bipartisan bill attempts to sort the sexual deviants from the merely stupid, said sponsor Sen. Pat Steadman, who said the man caught urinating behind a building hardly deserves to face the stigma of a sex- offender label.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday voted unanimously to approve the changes, and it next goes to the Senate for full consideration.



“What sort of inappropriate nudity should be treated as a ‘that was stupid’ offense, and what sort of things indicate that someone is a sexual perpetrator?” Steadman, D-Denver, posited.

The bill also adds public masturbation, now a petty offense under the public indecency statute, to the list of acts that constitute indecent exposure, a more serious charge that requires violators to register as sex offenders.



The masturbators would face up to 18 months in county jail instead of a maximum six-month sentence, if the bill passed.

Both district attorneys and public defenders supported the legislation, but questioned a change the committee approved.

Originally, the bill said that a person caught streaking or urinating in public more than once would have to register, but Steadman and the committee killed that section of the bill.



For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_14917282


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