City of Sikeston, MO
Scott County
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Section 615.010 Definitions.

As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
ADULT CABARET
A nightclub, bar, restaurant, or similar establishment in which persons regularly appear in a state of nudity, as defined in Section 573.500, RSMo., or seminudity in the performance of their duties.
EMPLOYEE
A person who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age and who performs any service on the premises of a sexually oriented business on a full-time, part-time, or contract basis, whether or not the person is denominated an employee, independent contractor, agent, or otherwise, and whether or not said person is paid a salary, wage, or other compensation by the operator of said business. The term employee does not include a person exclusively on the premises for repair or maintenance of the premises or equipment on the premises, or for the delivery of goods to the premises.
NUDITY OR A STATE OF NUDITY
The showing of the human male or female genitals, pubic area, vulva, anus, anal cleft or anal cleavage with less than a fully opaque covering, the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any part of the nipple, or the showing of the covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state.
NUISANCE
Any place in or upon which lewdness, assignation, or prostitution is conducted, permitted, continued, or exists, or any place, in or upon which lewd, indecent, lascivious, or obscene films, or films designed to be projected for exhibition, are photographed, manufactured, developed, screened, exhibited, or otherwise prepared or shown, and the personal property and contents used in conducting and maintaining any such place for any such purpose. The provisions of this Section shall not affect any newspaper, magazine, or other publication entered as second class matter by the post office department.
PERSON
An individual, proprietorship, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity.
SEMINUDE OR IN A SEMINUDE CONDITION
A state of dress in which opaque clothing fails to cover the genitals, anus, anal cleft or cleavage, pubic area, vulva, nipple and areola of the female breast below a horizontal line across the top of the areola at its highest point. Seminudity shall include the entire lower portion of the female breast, but shall not include any portion of the cleavage of the human female breast exhibited by wearing apparel provided the areola is not exposed in whole or part.
SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESS
An adult cabaret or any business which offers its patrons goods of which a substantial or significant portion are sexually oriented material. It shall be presumed that a business that derives thirty percent (30%) or less of its revenue from sexually oriented materials is presumed not to be a sexually oriented business. No building, premises, structure, or other facility that contains any sexually oriented business shall contain any other kind of sexually oriented business.
SEXUALLY ORIENTED MATERIALS
Any pictorial or three-dimensional material, or film, motion picture, DVD, video cassette, or similar photographic reproduction, that depicts nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse, as defined in Section 573.010, RSMo.
SPECIFIED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
Includes the following offenses:
1. 
Prostitution or promotion of prostitution; dissemination of obscenity; sale, distribution, or display of harmful material to a minor; sexual performance by a child; possession or distribution of child pornography; public lewdness; indecent exposure; indecency with a child; engaging in organized criminal activity; sexual assault; molestation of a child; gambling prohibited under Missouri law; or distribution of a controlled substance; or any similar offenses described in this subdivision under the criminal or penal code of other States or Countries;
2. 
For which:
a. 
Less than two (2) years have elapsed since the date of conviction or the date of release from confinement imposed for the conviction, whichever is the later date, if the conviction is of a misdemeanor offense;
b. 
Less than five (5) years have elapsed since the date of conviction or the date of release from confinement for the conviction, whichever is the later date, if the conviction is of a felony offense; or
c. 
Less than five (5) years have elapsed since the date of the last conviction or the date of release from confinement for the last conviction, whichever is the later date, if the convictions are of two (2) or more misdemeanor offenses or combination of misdemeanor offenses occurring within any twenty-four (24) month period.
3. 
The fact that a conviction is being appealed shall not prevent a sexually oriented business from being considered a nuisance and closed under Section 615.020.
SPECIFIED SEXUAL ACTIVITIES
Includes the following acts:
1. 
The fondling or other erotic touching of human genitals, pubic region, buttocks, anus, or female breasts;
2. 
Sex acts, actual or simulated, including intercourse, oral copulation, masturbation, or sodomy; or
3. 
Excretory functions as part of or in connection with any of the activities set forth in this subdivision.

Section 615.020 Restrictions, Prohibitions — Violation, Penalty.

A. 
A person who operates or causes to be operated a sexually oriented business shall be prohibited from exhibiting in a viewing room on the premises a film, video cassette, DVD, or other video reproduction that depicts specified sexual activities unless the viewing room is visible from a continuous main aisle in the sexually oriented business and such viewing room is not obscured by any curtain, door, wall, or other enclosure. No viewing room shall be occupied by more than one individual at a time and there shall be no aperture between viewing rooms which is designed or constructed to facilitate sexual activity between persons in different rooms.
B. 
If a sexually oriented business allows specified criminal activity or specified sexual activity on its premises or otherwise fails to comply with the provisions of Subsection (A), it shall be considered a nuisance as defined by Section 615.010, and shall be closed pursuant to Section 567.080, RSMo.
C. 
A person violating the provisions of Subsection (A) is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

Section 615.030 Prohibited Acts, Penalties — Public Policy Interest To Be Protected.

A. 
It shall be a class A misdemeanor for a person, in a sexually oriented business, to knowingly and intentionally appear in a state of nudity or depict, simulate, or perform specified sexual activities.
B. 
It shall be a class A misdemeanor for a person to appear knowingly or intentionally in a sexually oriented business in a seminude condition unless the person is an employee who, while seminude, shall be at least ten (10) feet from any patron or customer and on a stage at least two (2) feet from the floor and behind a railing no less than twenty-four (24) inches in height.
C. 
It shall be a class A misdemeanor for an employee, while seminude, to touch a customer or the clothing of a customer.
D. 
It shall be a class A misdemeanor if a person knowingly allows on the premises of a sexually oriented business a person under the age of twenty-one (21) years, except for a person exclusively on the premises for repair or maintenance of the premises or equipment on the premises, or for the delivery of goods to the premises.
E. 
The provisions of Sections 615.010615.030 are designed to protect the following public policy interest of this State, including but not limited to: to mitigate the adverse secondary effects of sexually oriented businesses, to limit harm to minors, and to reduce prostitution, crime, juvenile delinquency, deterioration in property values and lethargy in neighborhood improvement efforts.