City of Erie, PA
Erie County
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CROSS REFERENCES
Power to prohibit prostitution — See 3rd Class § 2403(24) (53 P.S. § 37403(24)).
[Ord. 75-1994 § 1, passed 9-28-1994]
(a) 
A person who knowingly or intentionally does any of the following in a public place commits public indecency, a summary offense:
(1) 
Engages in sexual intercourse;
(2) 
Engages in deviate sexual intercourse as defined by the Pennsylvania Crimes Code;
(3) 
Appears in a state of nudity; or
(4) 
Fondles the genitals of himself, herself or another person.
(b) 
The prohibition set forth in Subsection (a)(3) hereof shall not apply to:
(1) 
Any child under 10 years of age; or
(2) 
Any individual exposing a breast in the process of breastfeeding an infant under two years of age.
[Ord. 75-1994 § 1, passed 9-28-1994]
As used in this article, certain terms are defined as follows:
(a) 
NUDITY — The showing of the human male or female genital, pubic area or buttocks 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; the exposure of any device, costume, or covering which gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, natal cleft, perineum anal region or pubic hair region; or the exposure of any device worn as a cover over the nipples and/or areola of the female breast, which devices simulates and gives the realistic appearance of nipples and/or areola.
(b) 
PUBLIC PLACE — Includes all outdoor places owned by or open to the general public, and all buildings and enclosed places owned by or open to the general public, including such places of entertainment, taverns, restaurants, clubs, theaters, dance halls, banquet halls, party rooms or halls limited to specific members, restricted to adults or to patrons invited to attend, whether or not an admission charge is levied.
[Ord. 75-1994 § 1, passed 9-28-1994]
In addition to the specific penalties provided in this article, it is hereby declared that any building, portion of a building, or enclosed place regularly used for the prohibited display of public nudity is a public nuisance, subjecting the owner, proprietor or other operator thereof to any and all actions authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the abatement of public nuisances, including, but not limited to the procedures set forth in Article 712.
[Ord. 75-1994 § 1, passed 9-28-1994]
It is the intention of the City that the provisions of this article be construed, enforced and interpreted in such a manner as will cause the least possible infringement of the constitutional rights of free speech, free expression, due process, equal protection or other fundamental rights consistent with the purposes of this article. Should a court of competent jurisdiction determine that any part of this article, or any application or enforcement of it is excessively restrictive of such rights or liberties, then such portion of the article, or specific application of the article, shall be severed from the remainder, which shall continue in full force and effect.
[Ord. 75-1994 § 1, passed 9-28-1994]
Whoever violates any provision of this article, either by commission of a public indecency, or by the promotion or maintenance of public indecency as property owner, proprietor or manager of a business, shall be guilty of a summary offense, and, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 or shall be imprisoned for not more than 90 days, or both. Each day such violation continues is a separate offense.