§ 11-9-4. Contributing to delinquency.
Every person who knowingly or willfully encourages, aids, contributes to, or in any way causes any child under the age of sixteen (16) years to violate any law of this state, or the ordinances of any town or city in this state, or who knowingly or willfully encourages, aids, contributes to, or in any way causes any child under the age of sixteen (16) years to be guilty of any vicious or immoral conduct, or who, being the parent, parents, legal guardian, or person having the custody or the control of any such child, permits or suffers the child to habitually associate with vicious, immoral, or criminal persons, or to grow up in ignorance, idleness, or crime, or to wander about the streets of any city or town in the nighttime without being in any lawful business or occupation, or to enter any house of ill fame, policy shop, or place where any gambling is carried on or gaming device is operated, or to enter any place where intoxicating liquors are sold, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be fined not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) or be imprisoned not exceeding one year.
(P.L. 1908, ch. 1544, § 1; G.L. 1909, ch. 139, § 9; G.L. 1923, ch. 142, § 9; P.L. 1926, ch. 844, § 1; G.L. 1938, ch. 425, § 6; G.L. 1956, § 11-9-4.)