[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Pawtucket: Art. I, approved 10-17-1967 by Ch. No. 1135 as Sec. 12-11 of the 1966 Code; Art. II, approved 10-1-1991 as Ch. No. 2221. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I General Provisions
Article II Loitering for Prostitution Purposes
[Approved 10-17-1967 by Ch. No. 1135 as Sec. 12-11 of the 1966 Code]
No person shall loiter, lounge or sleep in or upon any street, park or public place or in any public building, or obstruct the access to any public building or any part thereof, or obstruct passage through or upon any public street, park or public place.
For the purposes of this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Encompasses, but shall not necessarily be limited to, one (1) or more of the following acts:
- A. Obstruction of the free, unhampered passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
- B. Obstructing, molesting or interfering with any person lawfully upon any street, park or other public place.
- C. Remaining idle in essentially one (1) location without being able to establish having a legitimate business or purpose in so remaining idle, or, by general conduct, exhibiting the absence of a lawful purpose in so remaining idle.
- D. Conduct involving the concept of standing idly by, loafing, walking about aimlessly without purpose and including the colloquial expression of "hanging around."
- E. Refusing to move on when so requested by a peace officer, provided that the peace officer has exercised his or her discretion reasonably under the circumstances in order to preserve or promote public peace and order.
- OTHER PUBLIC PLACE
- Includes the quasi-public area in front of or adjacent to any store, shop, restaurant, luncheonette or other place of business and shall include also any parking lots or other vacant private property not owned or under the dominion of the person charged with the violation of this section.
[Added 9-21-1972 by Ch. No. 1365]
Fines shall be seventy-five dollars ($75.) for each offense or ten (10) days in jail.
[Approved 10-1-1991 as Ch. No. 2221]
It shall be unlawful for any person to stand or wander in or near any public highway or street, or any public or private place in the City of Pawtucket, and attempt to engage passersby in conversation, or stop or attempt to stop motor vehicles, for the purpose of prostitution or other indecent act, or to patronize or induce or otherwise secure a person to commit any such act.
Any person found guilty under this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months or by a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.), or both.
Any person found guilty of a subsequent offense under this Article shall be subject to imprisonment for a term of not more than one (1) year or a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500.) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.), or both.