In a shocking new development, a Swedish court has declared that masturbating in public is legal.
A 65-year old Swedish man who was accused of masturbating in a public beach has been acquitted by the Södertörn District Court because according to the judge, his lewd act ‘was not directed at anyone’.
According to Swedish paper The Local, the incident occurred on June 6th at the Drevviken beach when the man removed his shorts and began masturbating close to the water. He was subsequently charged with sexual assault.
But the court said in the judgement that even though it ‘may be proven that the man exposed himself and masturbated on this occasion’, it does not mean that he had committed any crime.
Even the prosecutor Olof Vrethammar agreed with the judgement, saying, ‘For this to be a criminal offence it’s required that the sexual molestation was directed towards one or more people. I think the court’s judgement is reasonable. With that we can conclude that it is okay to masturbate on the beach.’
‘The act may be considered to be disorderly conduct,’ Olof added.
Turns out that public masturbation is still not legal in Sweden. According to The Wire, the media simply mistranslated what the judge said in court.