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Radio station encourages teen to walk naked in public
By Associated Press, 10/03/02
LOS ANGELES -- Police said a radio station employee may face criminal charges for allegedly encouraging a 17-year-old boy to walk naked in public so he could win concert tickets.
Authorities are trying to determine whether charges should be filed against the teen or anyone at radio station KPWR-FM.
The teen was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of intentional and public exposure, police officer Jack Richter said. The boy's name was not released because of his age.
"These stunts should be a matter of common sense and responsibility by the participants and the station itself," Richter said. "In this case, however, the behavior was not only audacious but illegal."
Police said the teen was encouraged by Joe Grande, who is known for getting people to perform what the station calls a "dare of the day."
Police said Grande was in the San Fernando Valley when he asked people to "do something crazy" to win tickets to a concert by the band P3.
"While at the location, Grande announced on live air that he wanted someone to remove all of their clothes and walk to all four corners of the intersection naked," Richter said.
The teen, who allegedly told station workers he was 18, offered to perform the stunt, police said. Police said they received complaints of a male exposing himself to a school bus and to families driving to school.
Station officials did not immediately return a call for comment left before business hours Thursday.