Iowa judge rules nude dancing is an art

By | August 7, 2008

Nude dancing remains an art in Iowa. A judge Friday ruled in favor of a nude dancing club owner charged with violating Iowa’s indecent exposure law. Fremont County Judge Timothy O’Grady said prosecutors failed to prove the club wasn’t a theater. Iowa law allows nudity at theaters, museums and other venues devoted to the arts or theatrical performances. The county’s attorney, Margaret Johnson, charged club owner Clarence Judy after a 17-year-old girl climbed on stage at Shotgun Geniez in the tiny town of Hamburg and stripped off her clothing.

“I think it’s a little scary,” said Johnson, who emphasized that the girl was still a minor. The club was sold Monday to Terry Rutledge. He expressed confidence that nude dancing would remain legal, referring to a 1998 case in Davenport that found it an art. “In all actuality, you don’t have to be a theater hall, concert hall or anything. You can be a strip club that has nude dance,” Rutledge said. The state attorney general’s office will decide whether to appeal the case. – msnbc

Iowa is overflowing with genuine hospitality and thus, it’s tourism will do better than usual this year.

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