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Legal Statutes: Minnesota

UPDATED August 15, 2016

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Public Misconduct or Nuisance

back to top609.79. Obscene or harassing telephone calls

Subdivision 1. Crime defined; obscene call. Whoever,

(1) by means of a telephone,

(a) makes any comment, request, suggestion or proposal which is obscene, lewd, or lascivious,

(b) repeatedly makes telephone calls, whether or not conversation ensues, with intent to abuse, disturb, or cause distress,

(c) makes or causes the telephone of another repeatedly or continuously to ring, with intent to abuse, disturb, or cause distress in any person at the called number, or

(2) having control of a telephone, knowingly permits it to be used for any purpose prohibited by this section,

shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Subd. 1a. Repealed by Laws 1993, c. 326, art. 2, § 34.

Subd. 2. Venue. The offense may be prosecuted either at the place where the call is made or where it is received or, additionally in the case of wireless or electronic communication, where the sender or receiver resides.
Laws 1963, c. 753. Amended by Laws 1969, c. 174, § 1, eff. April 24, 1969; Laws 1986, c. 444; Laws 1987, c. 307, § 5, eff. Aug. 1, 1987; Laws 1989, c. 261, § 7, eff. Aug. 1, 1989; Laws 1993, c. 326, art. 2, § 23; Laws 2005, c. 136, art. 17, § 48.