Township of Cecil, PA
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Cecil 12-18-1969 by Ord. No. 1-69. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 10-29-1979 by Ord. No. 5-79]
No child 17 years and under the age of 17 years shall be upon any of the public streets, highways, alleys or other public places of the Township of Cecil unless such child is accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of such child, or is accompanied by a responsible person over 18 years of age, or is in the performance of an errand or duty directed by his or her parent, guardian or legal custodian, or whose, legal, recognized employment makes it necessary for such child to be in or upon said public streets, highways, alleys or other public places between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. on weekdays and 10:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays; during the school vacation in summer, the hours shall be 10:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
[Amended 10-29-1979 by Ord. No. 5-79]
No parent, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of a child 17 years of age or under 17 years of age shall allow or permit any such child to go or be in or upon any of the public streets, highways, alleys or other public places of the Township of Cecil between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. on weekdays and 10:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, provided that, during the school vacation in summer, the hours shall be 10:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., unless reasonable necessity can be shown therefor.
The policemen of the Township of Cecil, upon finding a child under the age of 17 years in or upon any of the public streets, highways, alleys or other public places of the Township of Cecil in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter between the hours specified herein shall take the name of such child and the name and address of the parent, guardian or other person having the legal care or custody of such child, and shall take the child to the parent, guardian or legal custodian, subject to the right of arrest of the minor as hereinafter set forth, and make report of the same to the Chief of Police within 24 hours.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Any child who shall violate this chapter more than two times shall be reported to a society or organization the purpose of which is to take charge of incorrigibles and delinquents, and proceedings shall then be taken in the Court of Common Pleas or Juvenile Court for the permanent welfare of such child, and a like procedure shall be taken in cases where the arrest of the parent, guardian or legal custodian shall not be effective, or where for any other reason the provisions of § 95-1 of this chapter cannot be made effective by fines and penalties imposed under any other section of this chapter.
The police officers of the Township, in taking children into custody under this chapter, shall use their discretion in determining age, and in doubtful cases may require positive proof and, until such proof is furnished, the officer's judgment shall prevail.
[Amended 3-16-1988 by Ord. No. 1-88[1]]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues or each section of this chapter which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).