Every person, firm, association, or corporation which shall publish, sell, offer for sale, loan, give away, or otherwise distribute any book, magazine, pamphlet, or other publication, or any photograph, picture, or film which depicts any child, or children, under the age of eighteen (18) years and known to be under the age of eighteen (18) years of age by the person, firm, association, or corporation in a setting which taken as a whole suggests to the average person that the child, or children, is about to engage in or has engaged in, any sexual act, or which depicts any child under eighteen (18) years of age performing sodomy, oral copulation, sexual intercourse, masturbation, or bestiality, shall, for the first offense, be punished by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, or by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or both; for any subsequent offense, by imprisonment for not more than fifteen (15) years, or by a fine of not more than fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000), or both. Provided, that artistic drawings, sketches, paintings, sculptures, or other artistic renditions, shall be exempt from the provisions of this section.
(P.L. 1977, ch. 131, § 2; P.L. 1978, ch. 130, § 1; P.L. 1978, ch. 210, § 1.)
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 11-9-1.1
- Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
- Person: means any individual person, firm, association, or corporation licensed as a retail dealer to sell tobacco products within the state. See Rhode Island General Laws 11-9-13.4
Any person selling merchandise on the installment plan shall give to every purchaser of the merchandise on the plan a receipt in writing for every installment paid on account of the price of the merchandise, and every such receipt shall show the balance of the price remaining unpaid after giving credit for the payment. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be fined twenty dollars ($20.00).
(P.L. 1908, ch. 1596, §§ 1, 2; G.L. 1909, ch. 184, §§ 1, 2; G.L. 1923, ch. 210, §§ 1, 2; G.L. 1938, ch. 384, §§ 1, 2; G.L. 1956, § 6-15-1.)
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 11-9.1-1
- in writing: include printing, engraving, lithographing, and photo-lithographing, and all other representations of words in letters of the usual form. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-16
- person: extends to and includes co-partnerships and bodies corporate and politic. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-6