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Boy Scout leaders charged for dislodging prehistoric rock formation

The two former leaders of the Boy Scouts who rose to global infamy in Oct. 2013 after dislodging and toppling a 20-million-year-old prehistoric rock formation in Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park, were both charged on Jan. 31 with felony criminal mischief.

The two men were relieved of their leadership roles in the Boy Scouts after the national headquarters were flooded with complaints of their vandalizing the state park.
The two men were relieved of their leadership roles in the Boy Scouts after the national headquarters were flooded with complaints of their vandalizing the state park.
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Complaints came in to the state parks’ office and the Boy Scouts, “literally from around the world,” when a video was posted to YouTube last Oct. showing then Boy Scout leader, Glenn Taylor, 45, struggling and then eventually successfully pushing over the 2,000-pound sandstone rock formation, according to Reuters.

Also charged was the former Boy Scout leader videotaping the event, 42-year-old David Hall. Viewers can hear Hall laughing and singing while videotaping the event that outraged viewers worldwide.

Taylor, 45, is charged with felony criminal mischief and Hall, 42, faces one count of felony aiding and assisting in criminal mischief, Director of Utah State Parks Fred Hayes said in a statement.

If found guilty on those charges, the pair could be looking at five years behind bars, fines of $5,000, and possible “restitution for damages to Utah's protected natural resources.”

The Boy Scouts’ credo demands that the organization’s participants "leave no trace" of their activities as leaders and scouts are out and about in the world.

The two men were relieved of their leadership roles in the Boy Scouts after the organization was flooded with complaints about their vandalizing the state park.

In an ironic twist, Taylor, the former leader who struggled in his Herculean effort to dislodge the 2,000-rock, had previously filed a lawsuit claiming he suffered permanent and debilitating back injuries suffered in a car accident.

According to The Huffington Post, Taylor pushed over that rock in Oct., but filed his personal injury lawsuit in Sept.

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