Public Nudity Charge

By: Marissa Cleaver
By: Marissa Cleaver

She says she like posing nude in public.

The problem is it is against the law.

Melissa Harrington now faces an unlawful public nudity charge after police find pictures on her web site that are labeled at Marz Shrimp and Martini Bar downtown.

“It’s something that I enjoy doing. I think of it as an expression of art, the publicity is good for my Web site and myself,” Harrington said.

On her website she has at least a dozen nude pictures and invites viewers to get to know her through email.

The Marz bar owner said he felt violated.

“I just can not believe these porn sites can walk into your world. Go to a secluded place, take their clothes off and take pictures of it. They didn’t ask anyone’s permission. They didn’t tell anybody. They just did it,” said Jerry Luth.

He now faces sanctions by the Liquor Control Commission. He said Harrington took the pictures in the balcony of the bar where staff couldn’t see.

Harrington says the pictures could have been taken anywhere. She will plead innocent at her court hearing on Jan. 29.

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