lewdness

lewdness
Gross and wanton indecency in sexual relations so notorious as to tend to corrupt community's morals. Hensley v. City of Norfolk, 218 N.E.2d 735, 740, 216 Va. 369.
Licentiousness; that form of immorality which has relation to sexual impurity. Moral turpitude. Lane ex rel Cronin v. Tillinghast, C.C.A.Mass., 38 F.2d 231, 232.
Open and public indecency. State v. Brenner, 132 N.J.L. 607, 41 A.2d 532, 534, 535.
Sensuality; debauchery. Any act which the actor knows is likely to be observed by others who would be affronted or alarmed and hence it is a criminal offense. Model Penal Code, No. 251.1.
Lewdness is specifically made an offense under some state statutes, and is included under more general clauses in others.
See also indecent (indecent exposure)

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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