Three N. Idaho men charged in pictograph vandalism

Lewiston, Idaho (AP) December 2010

A federal grand jury has indicted three northern Idaho men for vandalism to ancient tribal pictographs near Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston.

Court records show Tyler J. Carlson, Freddie M. Bernal and Jerad Bovencamp each face a felony charge of willful injury or depredation of property of the United States.

A federal judge on Tuesday unsealed the grand jury indictment, which was filed Nov. 16.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the initials “T.C.” and the name “Freddy B” appeared amid the graffiti spray painted on the pictographs, which archaeologists believe are at least 2,500 years old.

If convicted, the men each face criminal penalties up to $20,000 and two years in prison under the federal Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979.