GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
HOUSE BILL 34
Short Title: Clarify Indecent Exposure Law.
Representatives R. Brown and Moffitt (Primary Sponsors).
For a complete list of Sponsors, refer to the North Carolina General Assembly Web Site.
Judiciary Subcommittee C.
February 4, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT to clarify the offense of indecent exposure.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 14-190.9 reads as rewritten:
"§ 14-190.9. Indecent exposure.
(a) Unless the conduct is punishable under subsection (a1) of this section, any person who shall willfully expose the private parts of his or her person in any public place and in the presence of any other person or persons, except for those places designated for a public purpose where the same sex exposure is incidental to a permitted activity, or aids or abets in any such act, or who procures another to perform such act; or any person, who as owner, manager, lessee, director, promoter or agent, or in any other capacity knowingly hires, leases or permits the land, building, or premises of which he is owner, lessee or tenant, or over which he has control, to be used for purposes of any such act, shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.
(a1) Unless the conduct is prohibited by another law providing greater punishment, any person at least 18 years of age who shall willfully expose the private parts of his or her person in any public place in the presence of any other person less than 16 years of age for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire shall be guilty of a Class H felony. An offense committed under this subsection shall not be considered to be a lesser included offense under G.S. 14-202.1.
(a2) For the purposes of this section, the term "private parts" means external organs of sex and of excretion, including the nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female breast.
any other provision of law, a woman may breast feed in any public or private
location where she is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the
nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the mother's breast is
uncovered during or incidental to the breast feeding.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a local government may regulate the location and operation of sexually oriented businesses. Such local regulation may restrict or prohibit nude, seminude, or topless dancing to the extent consistent with the constitutional protection afforded free speech."
SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law.