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Concerns Over Rules for Public Indecency

EAST COLUMBUS (Maria Durant) --  A Ruling by a Columbus Judge
has some police officers concerned .

Judge Ted Barrows ruled "Not Guilty" in  a public indecency case and some officers feel it's sending the wrong message.

 The case involves a Columbus Vice Detective that charged a man for public indecency at Helsel park.

In the complaint the man is charged with pulling down his pants for the purpose of sexual gratification.

Judge Barrows said in his ruling, ".... The world knows that Helsel park is a place where people meet for sexual activity.  If the city wanted to bring that to an end, they should close the park for a while, which would send a pretty good message."

City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer says that doesn't excuse what people do in city parks.  He disagrees with the judge's ruling.
  
Pfeiffer says,  "whatever they do in that park you can't convict them because it's set for public indecency. We disagree with that."

The City Attorney says he's already met with Columbus Vice Officers to continue targeting parks for indecent acts.
 
But he says, they are working on how to better gather the evidence need to build a case.

Pfeiffer says, "the judge found the elements of the offense we had to prove weren't all there, that's one judges opinion."

He stresses Barrows ruling doesn't set a precedent.  And that officers will continue to keep city parks safe from indecency.
 




 
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