In an announcement that Americans across the country will be celebrating, the two (now ex) Boy Scout leaders who gleefully destroyed a 20 million year old rock formation in the Goblin Valley State Park in a YouTube video have had formal charges of criminal mischief and assisting in criminal mischief filed against them.
According to KSL.com “Glen Taylor, 45, was charged Friday with criminal mischief, a third-degree felony and David Benjamin Hall, 42, was charged with aiding and assisting in criminal mischief, also third-degree felony, in relation to the October rock toppling at the state park, according to court documents.”
Glen Taylor was filmed by David Benjamin Hall in October of 2013 as he laughed and joked while toppling over a 20 million year old rock formation called a “hoo doo” during an official Boy Scout trip to Goblin Valley State Park that one of the men then uploaded to YouTube. Completely dismissing and spitting on the Boy Scout credo of “leave no trace,” Glen Taylor was egged on by David Benjamin Hall and another man as he pushed over the ancient national treasure, with Taylor giving high fives afterwards as he celebrated defacing a national park.
Both Taylor and Hall have since claimed that they were concerned about the safety of the rock they pushed over, and feared that it may have posed a risk of falling over onto other park visitors, but the Internet was quick to condemn the explanation as completely insincere due to the giddy nature of the men in the video, and the fact that they then uploaded it to YouTube in order to boast about their accomplishment.
According to KSL, the two men have very little to say about the forthcoming charges.
[box type=”shadow”]“We can’t undo anything, so we’re moving on,” Hall said. “Neither one of us were out there intending to do illegal activity. It just made sense to us at the time — remove the danger so that we don’t have to hear about somebody dying.”
It has also led to legislation that would make any intentional act that causes damage, defacement, excavation, permanent alteration, or destruction of any division resource a third-degree felony, if the damage is $1,500 or greater.
The men could face up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines and restitution. Taylor and Hall are scheduled to appear in 7th District Court in Castle Dale on March 18.[/box]
If the two men are given the maximum penalty for their extra curricular Boy Scout activities, they could be leaving “no trace” of themselves as free men for five years … and there’s many in America who would gladly be the ones to turn the key on that jail cell.
If you need a refresher of what these men did, watch the video below. Please try to contain your rage though, because hey, they were only trying to help. Yeah, right.