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H.B. 236 Enrolled
This act modifies the Criminal Code regarding indecent public displays by defining material
which does not have serious value for minors, and by clarifying the offense of distributing
indecent material to minors.
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
76-10-1227, as enacted by Chapter 80, Laws of Utah 1979
76-10-1228, as last amended by Chapter 163, Laws of Utah 1990
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 76-10-1227 is amended to read:
76-10-1227. Indecent public displays -- Definitions.
For purposes of this [
(1) "Description or depictions of illicit sex or sexual immorality" means:
(a) human genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal;
(b) acts of human masturbation, sexual intercourse, or sodomy; [
(c) fondling or other erotic touching of human genitals[
(d) fondling or other erotic touching of the human buttock or female breast.
(2) "Nude or partially denuded figures" means:
(a) less than completely and opaquely covered:
(i) human genitals;
(ii) pubic regions;
(iii) buttock; and
(iv) female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola; and
(b) human male genitals in a discernibly turgid state, even if completely and opaquely
(3) (a) This section does not apply to any material which, when taken as a whole, has serious
value for persons younger than 18 years of age, except as provided under Subsection (3)(c).
(b) As used in Subsection (3)(a), "serious value" means having serious literary, artistic,
political, or scientific value for persons younger than 18 years of age, taking into consideration the
ages of all minors who could be exposed to the material.
(c) Descriptions or depictions of illicit sex or sexual immorality as defined in Subsection
(1)(a), (b), or (c) have no serious value for persons younger than 18 years of age.
Section 2. Section 76-10-1228 is amended to read:
76-10-1228. Indecent public displays -- Prohibitions -- Penalty.
(1) A person is guilty of a class A misdemeanor who willfully or knowingly:
(a) engages in the business of selling, lending, giving away, showing, advertising for sale,
or distributing to any person under the age of 18 or has in his possession with intent to engage in that
business or to otherwise offer for sale or commercial distribution to any individual under the age of
18 any material with descriptions or depictions of illicit sex, sexual immorality, or nude or partially
denuded figures; or
(b) publicly displays at newsstands or any other establishment frequented by minors under
the age of 18, or where the minors are or may be invited as a part of the general public, any motion
picture, or any live, taped, or recorded performance, or any still picture or photograph, or any book,
pocket book, pamphlet, or magazine the cover or content of which exploits, is devoted to, or is
principally made up of indecent descriptions or depictions of illicit sex or sexual immorality, or that
consists of pictures of nude or partially denuded figures posed or presented in a manner to provoke
or arouse lust or passion or to exploit lust or perversion [
(2) A violation of this section is punishable by a minimum mandatory fine of not less than
$500 and by incarceration, without suspension of sentence in any way, for a term of not less than 30
days. This section supersedes Section 77-18-1 .
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