Authorities are starting to crack down on public nudity at Lake Tahoe beaches that for decades have been considered ‘clothing-optional’. The heightened enforcement of clothing rules was prompted by an encounter where nude men at Secret Cove, located on Tahoe’s East Shore, made inappropriate and lewd gestures at deputies, leading to a confrontation.
“If they didn’t behave in the way they did, we may not have noticed,” an official told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “They were pretty actively lewd and obscene.”
Beachgoer Bryan Eidem said he did not see any lewd activity at the beach. He filmed the deputies’ confrontation, where one officer warns that the behavior could be considered a sex crime, reports the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
“I don’t know why they would threaten us and tell us we are going to be charged with sex crimes for sunbathing,” Eidam said.
While nude swimming and sunbathing have occurred for years at the lake, it’s still against the law, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said, although enforcement has not been a high priority. Authorities did a sweep of the beaches Sunday, telling those who were nude to put on clothes, Furlong said.