BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 15.30 Division III Indecent and Lewd Conduct and Books

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Division III. Offenses Against Public Decency

Chapter 15.30
Indecent and Lewd Conduct and Books


15.30.010 Prohibition.
15.30.020 Definitions.
15.30.030 Penalty for violation.

Prior code history:

1960 C. 788.100--788.020

15.30.010 Prohibition.

No person shall engage in or commit any indecent or lewd act in any public place.
(Ord. 60546 2, 1987.)

15.30.020 Definitions.

A. For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall be defined as follows:

1. "Indecent or lewd act" shall include:

a. The exposure of one's genitals, buttocks, vulva, pubic hair, pubic area or the female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola, for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification or which is likely to cause affront or alarm; provided, however, that any exposure of the female breast necessarily incident to breast-feeding an infant shall not be deemed to be a violation of this chapter; or

b. The touching, caressing or fondling of the breasts, buttocks or genitals, whether, clothed or unclothed for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification or which is likely to cause affront or alarm; or

c. Acts or representations of acts of human masturbation, sexual intercourse or sodomy, bestiality, cunnilingus, fellatio, flagellation or torture by or upon a person as a act of sexual stimulation or gratification; or

d. Acts or representation of acts of urination or defecation, other than of the public view in the proper receptacles of public or private comfort stations, restroom, toilets or other similar facilities provided for these acts.

2. "Public place" is any publicly owned place or premises or any privately owned place or premises to which the public or a substantial number of persons have access or where the conduct or act involved may be viewed by people other than the members of the actor's family or household.

B. Exclusion. This chapter shall not prohibit performances that are not pornographic under the provisions of Chapter 15.32 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis.
(Ord. 60546 3, 1987.)


Burlesque dance violated city ordinance. City of St. Louis v. Mikes, 372 S.W. 2d 508 (1963).

A city ordinance prohibiting certain types of conduct is unconstitutionally vague insofar as it attempts to proscribe conduct by use of the words "indecent or lewd act of behavior." D.C. v. City of St. Louis, 795 F. 2d 652 (8th Cir. 1986).


24.112 Lewd conduct, adultery, miscegenation

15.30.030 Penalty for violation.

Any person found in violation of this chapter shall be fined no less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. 60546 5, 1987.)

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