Grand jury: Overland Park Arboretum 'sexting' statue not obscene

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A Johnson County, Kan., grand jury ruled that a controversial " sexting" statue in the Overland Park Arboretum is not obscene.

The grand jury determined on Friday the statue did not break state obscenity laws.

"We sat for one day and viewed the photographs of the statue. We reviewed the Kansas law and found that the sculpture in question did not meet the legal definition of obscenity," the grand jury said in a report on their findings, according to the Johnson County District Attorney's office.

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Overland Park officials said they were pleased the sculpture, Accept or Reject, was found to be art rather than pornography. But the American Family Association's Phil Cosby, who led the 8,000-signature petition drive to remove the statue, said justice was hijacked by the ruling.

Accept or Reject depicts a topless woman taking a picture of herself, and sits along the wooded walking trail at the arboretum.

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