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Canada: Naked in river, but not guilty

Source: castanet.net 9/4/21

Naked man in river at Pioneer Park beach not indecent, judge rules naked in river, but not guilty

A naked sex offender in the river at a busy downtown Kamloops beach this summer was not indecent, a judge has ruled, finding the Crown case against him too thin to convict.

Kenneth Wickstrom stood trial on one count of committing an indecent act in a public place. The charge stemmed from an alleged incident at Pioneer Park in June in which the 66-year-old was accused of stripping naked in the river and exposing himself to beachgoers.

Police were called to Pioneer Park at about noon on June 27 for a report of a naked man in the South Thompson River.

Court heard a number of witnesses said they saw Wickstrom naked in the river. One witness who said he saw Wickstrom naked said he “shrugged it off” and did not think to call police.

Kamloops provincial court Judge Ray Phillips said he wasn’t convinced of Wickstrom’s guilt based on the evidence of the witnesses who testified at trial, so he found him not guilty.

“I would think that had the accused been naked for that long in a public place there would be no shortage of people coming forward with their concerns and observations,” he said.

“I accept that, at some point, the accused was naked. … However, it appears it was momentary.”

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Wow, if this had happened in California he’d be doing time and be on the registry! What a difference in attitudes. Canada gave him the benefit of the doubt.

Sex offender naked at the beach in California the DA’s office would’ve hit him with the 3 strike law and sent his az to prison.
I wonder why California is so hard on low level sex offenders

Good luck 🥱

Last edited 21 days ago by AERO1

There are beaches in California that are clothing optional.

Until just a few years ago, clothing was optional in all of San Francisco. While I only occasionally spotted someone completely naked (and even more rarely saw anyone whose body merited such full disclosure) the ascendant neo-puritans decided to put a stop to it out of an abundance of precautionary zeal. The forces of intolerance and the inevitable cries of “what about the children”? won out even here. The Castro, especially, is a little less uninhibited and the City a little poorer as a result.

I couldn’t care less if the whole world walked around naked. Nakedness is not a sin, nor a crime UNLESS there is a sexual intent in violation of some society driven fear or a condition of some idiotic supervision (ty NJ and a couple other states). Even so, would the world end, would people starve, will babies be raped or explode or be sucked up by aliens, or the sun loose some of it’s life supporting qualities?

If your on the registry, you better not try and walk around naked in any type of public setting nude beach or not.

Good luck

Certainly does have a chilling effect on many aspects of liberty.

But if just one fish is spared the endless horror, a No Naked in River law might be worth it! 😳😲🙄😆
Maybe “International Megan’s Waterways”? 😒😩
Seriously, if you are offended by nudity, then just DON’T LOOK!! 😡

Could you imagine IML regarding rivers, beaches, and other forms of water? Sorry you can’t visit our country because the US said you might violate our native fish. We must save our children and fish from you sickos.

What if the River current was swift and he was upset that his suit kept coming off, so he decided to go commando? Just because someone is naked doesn’t mean it should be offensive; but to many people can’t stop themselves from being protected.

Naked in a Canadian river??
Yeah, that just sounds too cold!! 🥶

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