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article imageFamily Day At The Beach Turns Pornographic For Some

By Nikki Weingartner     May 11, 2008 in World
A day at the beach meant more than just sandcastles and boogie boards for beach goers when they caught sight of of some "wild" life. Three men, over 55, were arrested for performing sex acts on one another in full public view.
As the world's longest remaining undeveloped stretch of barrier island, Padre Island serves as home to wild creatures, such as the world's most endangered sea turtle, the Kemp Ridley. Beach goers come from near and far to take in the sights, collect sea shells, watch dolphins, sport fish, build sand castles and just enjoy a family friendly day at the beach.
However, beach goers weren't expecting to add pornography to their list of things to do.
Three older men, 63-year-old Leroy Caro, 59-year-old Ronald Lloyd Sims and 58-year-old Joseph Kipley Lofland, were arrested on charges of public lewdness after two of the ment were observed performing "lewd sex acts" on each other in full view of families, including children (see video).
Reports of a man exposing himself triggered an investigation. When police arrived, they found the man performing what was described as "lewd sex acts" while sitting in a lawn chair for all to see.
A father who had been visiting the beach with his 3-year-old daughter was upset when the local news reporter told him about the arrest:
Robert Tamez told 6 News, "It's ridiculous. I haven't seen any patrol officers come by here lately and we've been out here about an hour and a half. I'm a little surprised you're telling me this now. I'm stunned that this happened here."
The Texas Penal Code considers it Public Lewdness to:
The Texas Penal Code provision proscribing public lewdness reads in relevant part:
(a) A person commits an offense if he knowingly engages in any of the following acts in a public place or, if not in a public place, he is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed.(ii) patently offensive representations or
descriptions of masturbation, excretory functions, sadism,
masochism, lewd[0] exhibition of the genitals, the male or female
genitals in a state of sexual[0] stimulation or arousal, covered male
genitals in a discernibly turgid state or a device designed and
marketed as useful primarily for stimulation of the human genital
organs; and
(C) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary,
artistic, political, and scientific value.
All three men face up to a year in prison and a $4,000 (US) fine if convicted.
Will they receive a senior citizen discount?
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