Thursday, May 17, 2001

Topless exposure was legal, sheriff says

The Associated Press

        SIDNEY, Ohio — People who complained about women going topless at the Shelby County Fairgrounds got the bare facts from the sheriff — the women did nothing illegal.

        There was nothing deputies could do about some competitors in the Miss Cruisefest Nationals 2001 bikini contest and other women shedding their tops, Shelby County Sheriff Kevin O'Leary said Wednesday.

        Sheriff O'Leary said at least half a dozen women exposed their breasts during the weekend event.

        He said the women are protected by a 1991 Ohio court ruling that said female breasts are not “private parts.”


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