Scout leaders charged for Goblin Valley incident

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A still frame of the YouTube video taken by David Hall of Glenn Taylor knocking over the boulder at Goblin Valley.
A still frame of the YouTube video taken by David Hall of Glenn Taylor knocking over the boulder at Goblin Valley. (Photo Courtesy Associated Press)

Two former Scout leaders are facing felony charges after knocking over a 200-million-year-old rock formation in Goblin Valley last October and posting it to YouTube.

The YouTube video of Glenn Taylor pushing over the pre-historic rock formation was filmed by David Hall. Taylor is facing a charge of criminal mischief, and Hall is charged with aiding criminal mischief for recording the incident.

If convicted they could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

“We’ve said what needed to be said in the past, we’ve apologized, we’ve said we’re sorry, we’re happy to see this thing coming to an end,” Hall told KSL on Friday. “We’re just not going to be making any interview appointments, statements, anything. What’s said has already been said.”

Hall and Taylor are from Highland. They took their troop camping in Goblin Valley and decided to knock the rock down out of fear that it would fall and hit an unsuspecting tourist. Park officials said the rock had been standing since the beginning of human existence.

Glenn Taylor was contacted but declined to comment.

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