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Council passes nudity ordinance

The Fredericksburg City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday banning public nudity.

Council members George Solley and Matt Kelly voted against it.

The ordinance closed a gap that was recently discovered in the city code.

Until now, the city code barred indecent exposure, which is public nudity with the intent to commit an obscene act. But it doesn’t cover just plain nudity in public.

This gap in the code was recently exposed when city police cited a man for strolling downtown sans pants. When his case got to court, it was thrown out because prosecutors could not demonstrate that he had performed or intended to perform an obscene act.

The pants-less man wasn’t approaching people in a sexual manner—he was just walking around town without pants or underwear.

The proposed ordinance essentially zips up that loophole by prohibiting nudity in all places that are open to the general public, regardless of intent.

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