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LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) -- It wasn't the fact that Melissa J. Harrington appeared naked on the Internet that got her in trouble with police. It was where she got naked.

The 21-year-old Web designer was busted for violating Lincoln's public nudity ordinance by posting pictures on her Web site that apparently showed her naked in a downtown bar.

"It's unlawful to be naked in public in Lincoln," said Police Chief Tom Casady.

Casady said it was obvious to him that the photos were taken inside the Marz Intergalactic Shrimp and Martini Bar.

The owner of the bar, Jerry Luth, told Omaha television station KETV he is extremely upset by the pictures and did not give Harrington permission to shoot the pictures at the bar.

Harrington was to be arraigned in Lancaster County Court on January 29. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $500 fine.

"They're not going to stop me from doing what I'm doing. I enjoy what I do and they really don't have any grounds now" to prosecute the case, she said.



Copyright 2003 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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