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A person is guilty of malicious harassment if he or she maliciously and with the intent to intimidate or harass another person:

(1) By words or conduct places another person in reasonable fear of harm to his person or property or harm to the person or property of a third person; or

(2) By words or conduct places another person in severe emotional distress. For purposes of this section “severe emotional distress” means emotional distress of such quality that no reasonable person in civilized society should be expected to endure it; and may consist of any highly unpleasant mental reaction, such as fright, grief, shame, humiliation, embarrassment, anger, chagrin, disappointment or worry. Malicious harassment is a gross misdemeanor. [Ord. 3484 § 2, 2001; Code 1970 § 9.06.060.]