Couple involved in naked Valentine's role-play mix up face a judge
POSTED: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 1:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A Portland, Oregon couple is making headlines around the country after the story of their Valentine role-playing started spreading like a flash across social media.
The woman and her boyfriend were arrested after their naked escapades led to several 911 calls and a police investigation.
At least nine police cars responded Tuesday to reports of a woman bound in duct tape and naked in a man's car.
Nikolas Alexander Harbar, 31, later told police that he and his girlfriend, Stephanie Morgan Pelzner, 26, were doing some Valentine's Day role-playing.
'This has now blown up into something that has become tremendously embarrassing for both of them, for their families. They feel terrible about it. They'd wished this had never happened,' said Adam Greenman, the couple's attorney.
It was indeed the social media 'talker' story all day Wednesday.
It made headlines around the world.
Wednesday, outside the courtroom, Harbar and Morgan did not want to talk to reporters.
Their attorney, Greenman called the event 'regrettable.'
'In a city where the montra is 'Keep Portland Weird,' we have naked bike riders and lots of different protests and people who lead alternative lifestyles. This was a silly mistake on their part that has really surprised them with how large it's become,' said Greenman.
He went on to explain that the couple has been in a committed relationship for several years and they live together in Northeast Portland.
Initially, the pair was charged with disorderly conduct.
The couple's charges were later reduced to a violation.
Each will now have to serve 16 hours of community service.
'Really, it seems like the problem here is, you know, doing this in public,' said Lewis and Clark law professor Tung Yin.
Yin said in this case, the First Amendment would not protection them.
'There's really not any sort of message that they're conveying through the game and so I think it would be hard to claim that they were doing an expressive conduct in the first amendment, for first amendment purposes and the nudity side of it. The Supreme Court has said nudity is not protected by the first amendment,' said Yin.
The couple will return to court next month for a dismissal of the charges and to get their arrests expunged.