Public Nudity Ban Proposed For Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- An incident involving a man walking down a southwest Topeka street has opened the eyes of one City Councilwoman.

The September 9 city agenda includes an ordinance introduced by Councilwoman Michelle de la Isla to prohibit public nudity.

Right now, it's legal to walk naked in public, so long as it is not done to arouse another person sexually. De la Isla says she was concerned to hear this incident happened near a school where children could have seen it.

She said she wants to be cautious any new policy isn't too overreaching.

However, she says a person walking unclothed in public may be experiencing a mental or emotional problem and an ordinance could give authorities a tool to stop them and check their welfare.