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Originally posted by DaTroof
reply to post by Wertdagf
The ticket isn't just for public urination.
The officer later amended the complaint to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Oblein said he is waiting for word from the district attorney’s office as to whether they will pursue the complaint, but he doesn’t think it will go any further. Read more: newsok.com...
Originally posted by sdcigarpig
The officer went a bit over board on the ticket, yes, but at the same time, based off of what could be stated, or not stated, as there was no indication, is what was the mothers reaction when the officer stopped and knocked on the door or approached her about such. If she blew up and started to get irate or even have no manners, It appears that it escalated badly and ultimately that the officer issued a ticket based off of what all transpired. But there is one other little detail that is over looked, the actual law in the state of Oklahoma as follows:
A. Every person who willfully and knowingly either:
1. Lewdly exposes his or her person or genitals in any public place, or in any place where there are present other persons to be offended or annoyed thereby; provided, however, for purposes of this section, a person alleged to have committed an act of public urination shall be prosecuted pursuant to Section 22 of this title unless such act was accompanied with another act that violates paragraphs 2 through 4 of this subsection and shall not be subject to registration under the Sex Offenders Registration Act;
2. Procures, counsels, or assists any person to expose such person, or to make any other exhibition of such person to public view or to the view of any number of persons, for the purpose of sexual stimulation of the viewer;
3. Writes, composes, stereotypes, prints, photographs, designs, copies, draws, engraves, paints, molds, cuts, or otherwise prepares, publishes, sells, distributes, keeps for sale, knowingly downloads on a computer, or exhibits any obscene material or child pornography; or
4. Makes, prepares, cuts, sells, gives, loans, distributes, keeps for sale, or exhibits any disc record, metal, plastic, or wax, wire or tape recording, or any type of obscene material or child pornography,
shall be guilty, upon conviction, of a felony and shall be punished by the imposition of a fine of not less than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) nor more than Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000.00) or by imprisonment for not less than thirty (30) days nor more than ten (10) years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
So while the officer and the situation may seem wrong, the law is very clear cut in this case.
The final question has to be asked: Had the young child not been in full public view at the time, then would this have been a news worth event?