Prosecutors: Man sprayed graffiti on prehistoric carving

Oct 24, 2015 12:21 PM by News Staff

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a man sprayed graffiti on prehistoric rock carving of a bighorn sheep in a Central California.

The U.S. Attorney's Office on Friday said that 58-year-old Christopher James Harp of Bakersfield is charged with damaging the rocks in the Sequoia National Forest. Prosecutors say Harp sprayed a black substance on several large rocks, including one depicting a bighorn sheep.

Special Agent Brian Adams with the U.S. Forest Service says Harp admitted to the graffiti. He says Harp claimed he was getting revenge on his boss for talking down to him.

Harp told the agent he was drunk and didn't know the rocks had historical value. He has pleaded not guilty.

Court records show that he has been placed in treatment. Harp or his attorney, Janet Bateman, could not be reached to comment on the charge.

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