A Philadelphia-area couple was caught doing the nasty by a cadre of bicycle cops when the officers rode by to find the two mid-coitus in a public park.
Richard McBride and Jennifer Harvey were stopped by a swarm of Upper Darby police officers on the baseball field of a neighborhood park. Officers confirmed that they were well past first base, reports Philadelphia's WPVI-TV.
Just to be clear, sex in public places is illegal in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. And even acts short of full-on intercourse can have you facing criminal charges.
Boinking on the Baseball Diamond
McBride and Harvey were charged under Pennsylvania law for open lewdness, a misdemeanor for anyone who commits a lewd act knowing that they are likely to be observed by others who would be "affronted or alarmed."
Superintendent Michael Chitwood of the Upper Darby Police Department said the officers came a-biking upon the couple "banging away" in the park at 4 p.m., and noted that there were children in other areas of the park, reports Philly.com.
The adventurous pair face potential jail time if found guilty, and it's possible they may even have to register as sex offenders.
Public Sex Is Never a Good Idea
Though the punishments for public sex vary by state, sex in public can always manage to get you in criminal trouble, even from non-bike cops.
A pair of Florida college students found this out the hard way in 2011, when police nabbed them having a booze fueled sex session on a picnic table in the middle of a construction area... for a federal courthouse.
Even if you're looking for sex in public, make sure that you're not attempting to solicit sex for money because even senior citizens are liable to be snared into undercover prostitution stings by local vice squads.
Not Sex or Sexy, Still Sex Crimes
You may not even need to do the special mommy-daddy hug in public for a police officer, cyclist enthusiast or not, to bust you for a crime that may have you worrying about Megan's Law.
Before you haul off and take a whiz in a public park, remember that indecent exposure is a crime, and if you're caught, you might be slapped with a charge that forces you to register as a sex offender.
While many states have recognized that being topless is not a crime, simply being nude (i.e., showing your bottom half) in a public place is by and large a sex offense. So try to keep your pants on.
- 25 Bike-Riding Officers Catch Duo Having Sex in Park: Police (Philadelphia's WCAU-TV)
- Wis. Nude Beach Shut Down, but Only on Weekdays (FindLaw's Legally Weird)
- Senior Prostitution Ring Busted at Nursing Home (FindLaw's Blotter)
- State Indecent Exposure Laws (FindLaw)