Female streaker disputes lewdness charge

June 12, 2008 5:05:03 AM PDT
A Penn State University student says running in the Mifflin Streak held annually to usher in spring finals should not subject her to an open lewdness charge.

A district judge ruled Wednesday that 20-year-old Elizabeth Burke of Jamison will face trial. Penn State police charged her after she joined the unclothed dash just after midnight May 5 on Mifflin Road.

Burke's lawyer, Stacy Parks, says the crime of open lewdness requires that someone be affronted or alarmed. Parks says more than 1,000 people gathered to watch the 50-foot streak, and she doubts prosecutors will find a witness who says they were offended. Parks asks, "Have we lost our senses of humor?"

Assistant District Attorney Steve Sloane argues that to imply that running through the streets naked is acceptable is "the equivalent of saying our campus is like Woodstock."