Indecency Charges for Toplessness Dropped

Two Canadian women were cleared of indecency charges by a Provincial Court judge on Wednesday after they were arrested for refusing to put their tops back on after sunbathing topless in a neighborhood park. Judge Eugene Lewchuk ruled that the two women did not “offend community standards” by sunbathing topless, but that his ruling did not pave the way for “unconditional toplessness.” Lewchuk added that those engaging in erotic or offensive behavior while topless would still be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

The ruling reconfirms a ruling last year in Ontario, where the province’s highest court dismissed indecency charges against Gwen Jacobs, who had been arrested after strolling topless down a street in her hometown of Guelph.


AP - July 22, 1998

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