I can recall a delightful spot on the Shepaug River, below a highway bridge. My family and I went there a couple of times, way back in the early 50's when it was open to the public. Now it's a town park and access is open only to local residents. Dammit!
From TNS's NAC website:
Connecticut General Statutes
53a-186. Public indecency: Class B misdemeanor.
(a) A person is guilty of public indecency when he performs any of the following acts in a public place:
(1) An act of sexual intercourse as defined in subdivision (2) of section 53a-65; or
(2) a lewd exposure of the body with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desire of the person; or
(3) a lewd fondling or caress of the body of another person.
For the purposes of this section, "public place" means any place where the conduct may reasonably be expected to be viewed by others.
(b) Public indecency is a class B misdemeanor.
(1969, P.A. 828, S. 188; 1971, P.A. 871, S. 46; P.A. 76-336, S. 22; P.A. 92-260, S. 72.)
History: 1971 act substituted "A person" for "Any person" for consistency with other statutes; P.A. 76-336 specified sexual intercourse as defined in Sec. 53a-65 and deleted reference to acts of deviate sexual conduct in Subsec. (a) for conformity with changes enacted re sex offenses; P.A. 92-260 made technical changes in Subsec. (a) by repositioning and rephrasing language.
Annotations to former section 53-220:
Cited. 37 CA 534, 535, 543, 544.
Cited. 7 CS 265; 23 CS 177.
Word "wantonly" implies turpitude, and that the act done was of wilful and wicked purpose. 2 Conn. Cir. Ct. 443. Criminal intent is essential ingredient of offense. 2 Conn. Cir. Ct. 452. Offense is not against observer merely, but against the state. Id. Cited. 2 Conn. Cir. Ct. 596; 3 Conn. Cir. Ct. 480. Review of cases concerned with crime of indecent exposure. 3 Conn. Cir. Ct. 657. Lewd and offensive conduct not fairly within ambit of statute in absence of proof of actual exposure. 4 Conn. Cir. Ct. 530, 532, 533. Offense does not depend upon number present at exposure. 5 Conn. Cir. Ct. 202.
Annotations to present section:
Cited. 18 CA 482, 483. Cited. 29 CA 591, 597-599. Cited. 37 CA 534, 535, 543, 544.
Cited. 38 CS 661, 662.
Cited. 37 CA 534, 535. Subdiv. (2) cited. Id., 534, 537, 542, 544.
Cited. 38 CS 313, 315. Subdiv. (2) cited. Id.
[NAC NOTE: Even though mere nudity is NOT "lewd exposure of the body," and activities like skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing should NOT be taken to imply "intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desire of the person," this is nevertheless the section of the Connecticut General Statutes most frequently used to charge individuals for simple nudity. Public indecency is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.]
53a-181. Breach of the peace: Class B misdemeanor.
(a) A person is guilty of breach of the peace when, with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, he:
(1) Engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior in a public place; or
(2) assaults or strikes another; or
(3) threatens to commit any crime against another person or his property; or
(4) publicly exhibits, distributes, posts up or advertises any offensive, indecent or abusive matter concerning any person; or
(5) in a public place, uses abusive or obscene language or makes an obscene gesture; or
(6) creates a public and hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which he is not licensed or privileged to do.
(b) Breach of the peace is a class B misdemeanor.
[NAC NOTE: The "Breach of the Peace" law has been used in at least one recent instance to charge an individual for nude sunbathing under the presumption that his nudity constituted an "obscene gesture." The annotations to the law indicate that to be a "breach of the peace," an "[o]bscene gesture must be erotic in a significant way and must appeal to prurient interest in sex or portray sex in patently offensive way." Breach of the Peace is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.]
For the purposes of sections 54-102g and 54-250 to 54-259, inclusive:
(1) "Conviction" means a judgment entered by a court upon a plea of guilty, a plea of nolo contendere or a finding of guilty by a jury or the court notwithstanding any pending appeal or habeas corpus proceeding arising from such judgment.
(2) "Criminal offense against a victim who is a minor" means
(A) a violation of subdivision (2) of section 53-21, subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 53a-70, subdivision (1), (4) or (8) of subsection (a) of section 53a-71, subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 53a-72a, subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 53a-86, subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 53a-87, section 53a-196a, 53a-196b, 53a-196c or 53a-196d,
(B) a violation of section 53a-92, 53a-92a, 53a-94, 53a-94a, 53a-95, 53a-96 or 53a-186, provided the court makes a finding that, at the time of the offense, the victim was under eighteen years of age,
(C) a violation of any of the offenses specified in subparagraph (A) or (B) of this subdivision for which a person is criminally liable under section 53a-8, 53a-48 or 53a-49, or (D) a violation of any predecessor statute to any offense specified in subparagraph (A), (B) or (C) of this subdivision the essential elements of which are substantially the same as said offense.
54-251. Registration of person who has committed a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor or a nonviolent sexual offense.
(a) Any person who has been convicted or found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect of a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor or a nonviolent sexual offense, and is released into the community on or after October 1, 1998, shall, within three days following such release, and whether or not such person's place of residence is in this state, register such person's name, identifying factors, criminal history record and residence address with the Commissioner of Public Safety, on such forms and in such locations as the commissioner shall direct, and shall maintain such registration for ten years except that any person who has one or more prior convictions of any such offense or who is convicted of a violation of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 53a-70 shall maintain such registration for life. Prior to accepting a plea of guilty or nolo contendere from a person with respect to a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor or a nonviolent sexual offense, the court shall (1) inform the person that the entry of a finding of guilty after acceptance of the plea will subject the person to the registration requirements of this section, and (2) determine that the person fully understands the consequences of the plea. If such person changes such person's address such person shall, within five days, register the new address in writing with the Commissioner of Public Safety, and, if the new address is in another state, such person shall also register with an appropriate agency in that state, provided that state has a registration requirement for such offenders. If any person who is subject to registration under this section regularly travels into or within another state or temporarily resides in another state for purposes including, but not limited to employment or schooling, such person shall notify the Commissioner of Public Safety and shall also register with an appropriate agency in that state provided that state has a registration requirement for such offenders. During such period of registration, each registrant shall complete and return forms mailed to such registrant to verify such registrant's residence address and shall submit to the retaking of a photographic image upon request of the Commissioner of Public Safety.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the court may exempt any person who has been convicted or found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect of a violation of subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 53a-71 from the registration requirements of this section if the court finds that such person was under nineteen years of age at the time of the offense and that registration is not required for public safety.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the court may exempt any person who has been convicted or found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect of a violation of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 53a-73a from the registration requirements of this section if the court finds that registration is not required for public safety.
(d) Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a class D felony.
(a) For purposes of this section:
(1) "Hazing" means any action which recklessly or intentionally endangers the health or safety of a person for the purpose of initiation, admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a student organization. The term shall include, but not be limited to:
(A) Requiring indecent exposure of the body;
(B) Requiring any activity that would subject the person to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation or extended isolation from social contact;
(C) Confinement of the person to unreasonably small, unventilated, unsanitary or unlighted areas;
(D) Any assault upon the person; or
(E) Requiring the ingestion of any substance or any other physical activity which could adversely affect the health or safety of the individual. The term shall not include an action sponsored by an institution of higher education which requires any athletic practice, conditioning, or competition or curricular activity.
(2) "Student organization" means a fraternity, sorority or any other organization organized or operating at an institution of higher education.
(b) No student organization or member of a student organization shall engage in hazing any member or person pledged to be a member of the organization. The implied or express consent of the victim shall not be a defense in any action brought under this section.
(c) A student organization which violates subsection (b) of this section (1) shall be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand five hundred dollars and (2) shall forfeit for a period of not less than one year all of the rights and privileges of being an organization organized or operating at an institution of higher education.
(d) A member of a student organization who violates subsection (b) of this section shall be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.
(e) This section shall not in any manner limit or exclude prosecution or punishment for any crime or any civil remedy.
I too am in CT ans your are so right that there is no place for us to go, I tried being out side a few times but like you said all the stuff going around as being a offender is killing the whole being in nature feeling. I wish there was some other alternative. If anyone has suggestion please come forward winter will be here too soon.
It really saddens me how the "climate" in this country towards anything to do with nudity and perceived sexualityhas changed for the worse. Back in the mid 70s when I attended college in Connecticut I recall nude bathing at both Sherwood Island State Park in Westport and a place I believe was called Pleasure Island which I think was in Stratford.
Sherwood Island now even alcohol is illegal.
Pleasure Beach is/was a Bridgeport park..an island.. Bridgeport can not even fix the bridge out there. A small bridge. They have sort of abandoned the place and trying to sell it. (if it's nuts..it's Bridgeport) Sell a #1 potential park for the city ?
From the turn of the century till 1960's (?) there was an Amusement Park there.
Shepaug River ? Beautiful area. Even kind of antique in past with an abandoned railraod along to river up to Litchfield. I think it lost some of it's charm as the river does not get the water it needs because it's diverted upstream for 'drinking water' for Waterbury area.
I read the laws posted. It seems if you had a lawyer you might be 'clean'. A poor soul not spending the big $$$$$$ for a lawyer ?
Simple nudity ? --and if your trying to be private ??
Sex Offender lists that do not even list the crime ? (original intention ?)
As said to me it feels much more comfortable minus clothes at times. The purpose of a 'sun-tan' would be to avoid sunburns. (white people naturally) Also I feel better when in the sun. Vitamin D ?
Hiking nude ? I even got into that in remote places. Take off 50 pound pants ?
The female gender around here seem to love to bundle up in excessive clothing. Such would maybe turn a little 'sexual' but did a female around here ever take her 'top' off ? It would seem it would also be more comfortable to be in the sun or outdoors nude.
Last evening was HOT out. I'm sitting in a very HOT car. I think..why not take the shirt off ? It's like a coat. Then I think:::::::::::::ever see a shirtless male in Connecticut ? Maybe brief at a beach.
As said..repeat..it just seems comfortable at times to be nude and to me that included 'private'. Nude outdoors.
Ever watch the TV Channel 3 news at 11:00 pm ? Seems part of the news is they gotta have a nude story. Pick something up from the national news. Sometimes Connecticut. A nude person seen driving a car in Southbury. A nude jogger seen in Litchfield. etc. etc. I've commented..what the h is wrong with that station ?
I'd guess it all goes back to religeon. Some of these people have to control your life. I think the first book of the bible has something about nudity and clothing after 'man sinned'. Written and translated after the fact about 6000 years ago ? Most have their religeous beliefs and mocking such is not in good taste but let some of these fundamentalists run everybodies life ?
A simple allotment of 'nude permitted' in areas ? Imagine the publichysteria ? In my backyard ?
I've yapped enough. I do not ever advocate committing a crime.
By Connecticut law it is not illegal to be nude but there are a million clauses that you can be booked on.
A nude person seen 3 miles back in woods in Cornwall...(cell phone era)
As commented Connecticut is so 'developed' now. 169 towns. All land owned by somebody. Hard to find a private spot.
If I saw a nude person bother to get involved? Call the police !!! Like who cares ??
ps..they ask for real address on this forum ? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
I am becoming a paranoid.
Soon after posting in here I was snooped out and arrested.
It was on a day I did not even have a chance to 'be naked' if that be the case. (chronic observations ?)
Otherwise I am way back in the woods with a thick blanket on a rock (minus lyme ticks) and a large beach towel.
No purpose but to get out in the woods and catch some sun.
observe approx. 15 police officers looking through the woods until they
located me. o--one is going to stay naked if they were with that length
of warning ?
I state 'whats with the beach towel' ???? comment..why not a bartching suit ?? (in the woods ?)
That was the end. No conversation and I was never asked a question or interviewed at any time.
I am booked with the standard Indecent Exposure and Public Indecency.
There must have been at least 10 policve 'crusiers' down on the highway as if this was a top level crime.
Go to court. I paid thousands to a lawyer that did nothing. (not that anything could be done)
The police totally lie. Totally. (o--trust your sacred police ?)
I was NAKED.
It took many hours with them trying to figure out how to charge me....even up to the Lieuetenent....(sp?)
thing ended up with I possessed 'lubricant' and some womens pictures.
THEY FEED THAT TO THE PRESS. (material if it existed retrieved from the
car which was not even mine)
hey..Connecticut law...no law against nudity unless it has 'sexual aspects'.....
I'm old enough and have been around long enough that I can't figure out this world anymore.
Personally I don't care to see naked people BUT if someone is doing every effort to be private ?
Lawyer :::: Digest things with thinking you are in IRAN ::::::
So by the press I am a crazy person seen nude in the woods with 'lubricant and womens pictures'.
That is about the biggest insult these 'police' could put on somebody. #1--they never saw anybody naked...
When the police go to standard lieing it is scary. They do the same on any case. (lawyers confirm these remarks)
? After stripping the car they come up with several highly criminally
illegal items. Lotion for the feet. ahhh...porn ? (I'm confused here)
And some doctors prescription.
So beware out there. I always enjoyed getting all the clothes off on a hot day in PRIVATE --but ??
my case there was a complaint. A women 'dog-walker'. I've been in the
woods all my life and ------------never saw/heard a
I have spinned this in my
brain a long time now. Only conclusion is it is a complaint by a
'dog-walker' that saw somebody with their shirt off. (at a
This is USA ? I
don't know where might be better to live (nothing to do with naked
options but things like lieing police). Before I'm dead I have to get
out of here. Canada ? Europe ?
I am told they are arresting now for any sign of 'public affection'. A couple kissing ? Holding hands ? Holding each other ?
ooooo----I saw this in another post...
RE: Sex Offender Label?
2 years ago
i don't think urinating in public gets you a sex offender
status. an indecent exposure maybe, but it is based on the intention of
the act. if you are in an alley by a dumpster and not waving it around
for everyone to see then its not a sexual act. it usually takes a lewd
and lacivious charge or worse to get sex offender status.
When I was in Superior Court I oddly met a young lady that was acting sort of hysterical. She showed me a newspaper clipping. Her husband was arrested for the standard charges. I do not know the true story but I have gotten to accept if it's TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE OR TOO WHACKY TO BE TRUE it's ????
He was arrested for taking a 'p' at night in a parking lot. Some woman reported it. The arrest and news story simply said that BUT added he was flashing his _____________ in a sexually suggestive way.
Watch your p's (?)
If your from Conn then why not go visit Solair Rec. League it's a great place, excepts singles, has wonderful trails that you can legally hike on as well as a pool, hottub and other assorted amenities. This way you can get your naked time in and not have to worry about getting arrested. Just a thought my friend until society accepts nudity and not being lewd then anyplace other than an exceptable location should be avoided. Good Luck with your case.
I'm in SW Connecticut.
I'm old enough to remember when society was not like this.
I've camped and been in the woods all my life.
In the middle of nowhere the biggest world event might be somebody thought they saw a 'nude' person ?
Can you imagine out in the wasteland of the Western Deserts (USA)...maybe on land owned by the government...Bureau of Land Management or ??? Hot. 120 f ++++ Nobody around for 100 miles. ooops fatal mistake..a peeper said they saw you 'naked'...
Nobody seems to explain WHY a naked person is a total terrible sin/crime. (in private that is)