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Sex and shopping: Couple makes it a Walmart special

By Daymond Steer

CONWAY — A couple was spotted having sex in their car at Walmart's parking lot on Tuesday night.

A call reporting two people having sex in their car came in around 8:44 p.m. and the officer responded to the scene at around 9:05 p.m. said Lt. Chris Perley.

"The subjects got out, got dressed and were locked in a torrid embrace by the entrance saying how much fun that was and they wanted to do it again," said Perley, reading the police log. "Then they went inside."

They were witnessed by "a number of people," according to the responding officer, who found the car empty with the windows fogged up. The officer made contact with two people, but Perley couldn't say for sure whether they were the couple in question.

No charges have been filed in this case, but Perley said having sex in public is against the law.

"Not only is it discouraged but it's a crime," said Perley, adding people caught having sex in public could be charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure. "Those kind of things are certainly frowned upon in a quality community and tourist destination. However, that being said, we understand people will always be people."

The torrid embrace was, however, legal.

"There is no crime in kissing your loved one passionately or dispassionately," said Perley. "Sex acts in public, of course, are and always will be a no, no."

If a child walked by, it's possible such conduct could rise to the level of a felony. Performing a sex act in front of a minor is a felony-level indecent exposure. Then the question would be whether or not they knew the child was there, said Perley.

"Certainly, you'd be accountable, if not by charge then by sentencing," said Perley.

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