September 18, 2013 05:26 PM EDT
It Is 'OK' to Masturbate in Public Says Swedish Court in Landmark Ruling
"A Swedish Court recently ruled that it was "Ok" to masturbate in public after acquitting a 65-year-old man charged with sexual assault for openly masturbating on a beach in Stockholm.
According to a report in Sweden's The Local, the man was on the Drevviken beach on June 6 when he stripped himself of his shorts and started pleasuring himself close to the water triggering the sexual assault charge.
In the judgment handed down in the Södertörn District Court, however, it was noted that while it "may be proven that the man exposed himself and masturbated on this occasion," there was no evidence demonstrating that an offense was committed against a specific person.
Public prosecutor Olof Vrethammar agreed and said he didn't plan on appealing the ruling."
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