Criminal Justice

Stripped of Boy Scout leadership posts, 2 men avoid jail in case of toppled ancient rocks

Two former Boy Scout leaders have taken misdemeanor pleas and avoided jail in what was originally a felony case over the toppling of an ancient boulder in a Utah state park.

Glenn Tuck Taylor, 45, and David Benjamin Hall, 42, got one year of probation Tuesday in the 7th District Court case, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. They must also pay restitution, in an undetermined amount, as well as investigative and court costs of more than $1,000 each for interfering with the 170-million-year-old rock formation last year.

A video posted on YouTube by one of the men brought the defendants to the attention of authorities. They said they had intended to protect others from what they viewed as a public danger, but they were stripped of their Boy Scout leadership posts for violating a bedrock “leave no trace” camping rule of the organization.

See also: “Viral video of man toppling rock in state park catches attention of disability claim defendant”

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