This proposed law in Maine has me concerned:
So, if someone is "leering" at children, it's a felony? Leering carries a nebulous definition, and what if, let's say, you're a single man, early 30's, your parents just died, and you find yourself going to the beach or a park, to sit and think. While you're there, to bring a little joy in your life, you stop to watch some children playing. If someone doesn't like how you're "leering" at the kids, you could be charged with a Class C felony? Holy shit! That's just one possible incident, and these kinds of charges can seriously destroy someone's good name and livelihood. I have kids, and if someone is leering at them, the police should tell them to move along, but I cannot conscience convicting someone of a felony for "looking" at my child. What's next? Thought police? We're one step away from becoming England.