[HISTORY: Adopted City of Norwalk Common Council 9-28-1982. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person to loiter or remain in a public place in a manner and under circumstances manifesting the purpose of engaging or soliciting another person to engage in sexual activity. The circumstances which may be considered in determing whether such purposes are manifested are that such person is a known prostitute or panderer, repeatedly beckons to, stops or attempts to stop a passerby or engages a passerby in conversation or repeatedly stops or attempts to stop motor vehicle operators by hailing, waving of arms or any other bodily gestures.
No arrest shall be made or no citation shall be issued for a violation of this ordinance unless the arresting officer, by direct demand, first affords such person an opportunity to explain such conduct.
No person shall be convicted of a violation of this ordinance if the arresting officer does not comply with the preceding subsection or if it appears at a trial that the explanation offered was true and disclosed a lawful purpose.
As used in this ordinance, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- KNOWN PROSTITUTE OR PANDERER
- A person who has, to the knowledge of the arresting officer, been convicted of a violation of any ordinance of the City of Norwalk on a statute of the State of Connecticut defining and punishing acts of prostitution, patronizing a prostitute, promoting prostitution or any other offense set forth in Chapter 952 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
- Remaining idle in essentially one place, and shall include the concepts of spending time idly, loafing or walking about aimlessly.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- An area, either publicly owned or to which the public has access.
- SEXUAL ACTIVITY or SEXUAL CONDUCT
- Acts of prostitution, patronizing a prostitute or promoting prostitution as such acts are proscribed and defined by Chapter 952 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as these statutes hereafter shall be amended.
Any person who violates this chapter shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000.