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Feds Ban 'Artist' From All National Parks (Photos)

| by Nik Bonopartis
Casey Nocket drawing on a rock formation in a national parkCasey Nocket drawing on a rock formation in a national park

The latest case of criminals posting their own crimes to social media comes by way of San Diego: A 23-year-old woman got herself banned from every national park in the U.S. for vandalizing ancient rock formations in the name of art.

Casey Nocket used Instagram to document her 26-day tour through seven U.S. national parks, where she scribbled graffiti and drawings on rocks using acrylic paint and markers, according to the Daily Mail.

The drawings ranged from black-and-white efforts showing a character smoking a cigarette or joint, to more elaborate, multi-color renderings, like a drawing of a blue-haired woman on a peak at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.

All of them were signed and dated by Nocket using her online handle, "Creepytings," and then shared with social media users.

Nocket defended her work when social media users became outraged.

"It's art, not vandalism," she wrote under one post. "I am an artist."

Federal prosecutors didn't agree with her assessment.

"The defendant's defacement of multiple rock formations showed a lack of respect for the law and our shared national treasures," acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The "art" didn't last long; officials have already removed the majority of Nocket's rock drawings, but the chemical treatments and sandblasting typically used to remove graffiti can damage the rocks, the Mail noted.

“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 national parks," Talbert said. “They expect to complete clean-up efforts at Death Valley and at Crater Lake national parks as weather permits.”

In mid-June, Nocket pleaded guilty to seven misdemeanor counts, the Times reported. She was banned from all U.S. national parks -- which make up one-fifth of the continental U.S. -- for two years and required to complete 200 hours of community service. She will also pay restitution, although authorities won't determine how much money she'll have to pay until a later court hearing.

Sources: Daily Mail, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Tumblr and Modern Hiker via Daily Mail

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