ST. GEORGE – A California woman who tagged Zion, Canyonlands and five other national parks in 2014 as a part of a personal art project pleaded guilty to federal misdemeanor charges of vandalism Monday.
Fox 13 News reports that Casey Nocket, 23, of San Diego, pleaded guilty to the federal misdemeanor charges in court in Fresno, California. The charges are related to damaging government property. She was sentenced to serve two years probation and 200 hours of community service.
The woman is also banned from public lands overseen by the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and Army Corps of Engineers while on probation.
In each instance damage done to the rocks was determined to be less than $1,000, according to court papers.
A hearing will be held at a later date to determine restitution in the case.
Over the course of 26 days in 2014, Nocket visited national parks in California, Oregon, Colorado and Utah and applied her “artwork” to rock surfaces with sharpies and acrylic paint.
Nocket signed artwork under “Creepytings” and posted it to her social media accounts. Nocket’s exploits were not well received and ultimately landed her in federal court.
“The defendant’s defacement of multiple rock formations showed a lack of respect for the law and our shared national treasures,” said acting U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert of the Eastern District of California, in a statement, as reported by Fox 13 Now in Salt Lake City. “The National Park Service has worked hard to restore the rock formations to their natural state, completing clean-up efforts in five of the seven parks.”
In some cases, the artwork has been removed by unknown parties, possible “good Samaritans,” according to court papers.
The seven counts of vandalism include:
- Sept. 23, 2014, Death Valley National Park in the Eastern District of California at the summit of Telescope Peak.
- Sept. 12, 2014, Rocky Mountain National Park in the District of Colorado.
- Sept. 13, 2014, Colorado National Monument in the District of Colorado on the Monument Canyon Trail.
- Sept. 15, 2014, Canyonlands National Park in the District of Utah on the Neck Spring Trail.
- Sept. 17, 2014, Zion National Park in the District of Utah.
- Oct. 2, 2014, Yosemite National Park in the Eastern District of California at the beginning of the John Muir Trail.
- Oct. 7, 2014, Crater Lake National Park in the District of Oregon.
Ed. note: Information regarding possible restitution was added to this story.
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