The ancient rock charges were filed on Jan. 31 against vandals in Utah. Two former Boy Scout leaders filmed themselves toppling over the rock, which was a prehistoric information made millions of years ago.
Glenn Taylor, 45, was charged Friday with criminal mischief for heaving over an ancient mushroom-shaped rock in southeastern Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park. David Hall, 42, was charged with aiding criminal mischief for recording him, reports USA Today. They could face up to five years in prison and be fined up to $5,000.
In a video posted on Youtube shortly after the event, Taylor can be seen pushing hard against the precariously placed rock and knocking it to the valley floor, before giving a friend a triumphant high-five. David Hall, 42, who was filming the incident, turns the camera on himself and says, “We have a new modified Goblin Valley! A new Goblin Valley exists with this boulder down here on the bottom.”
Taylor and Hall told NBC News that they acted with good intentions, pushing the massive rock before it could fall on its own and hurt someone, but now wish they had just alerted a ranger.
“We did something right the wrong way,” Taylor said.
Taylor and Hall, who were on a trip to Goblin Valley State Park with eight Boy Scouts, recorded the moment they dislodged the rock from the spot it had been perched for 170 million years.
The vandals have said they dislodged the ancient rock because they were concerned it could fall and hurt an unsuspecting child.