Harassment occurs when an individual, with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, commits any of the following acts:
(1) Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise touches a person or subjects him to physical contact; or
(2) In a public place, directs obscene language or makes an obscene gesture to or at another person; or
(3) Follows a person in or about a public place; or
(4) Initiates communication with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, text or instant message, or computer in a manner intended to harass or threaten bodily injury or property damage, or makes any comment, request, suggestion, or proposal by telephone, computer, computer network, or computer system that is obscene; or
(5) Makes a telephone call or causes a telephone to ring repeatedly, whether or not a conversation ensues, with no purpose of legitimate conversation; or
(6) Makes repeated communications at inconvenient hours that invade the privacy of another and interfere in the use and enjoyment of another’s home or private residence or other private property.
Harassment is a Class 3 misdemeanor. The exception is where the offender’s intent is based on the victim’s race, color, religion, ancestry, or national origin. In these instances, the crime is elevated to a Class 1 misdemeanor.
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