NC school board member charged with vandalism


Michael J. Rogers, 46, of Pisgah Forest, and Alden James Gainey, 17, of of Brevard

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CLEMSON, S.C. — A North Carolina school board member is accused of vandalizing a Clemson University monument with two teenagers including his son.

WISTV reported that Michael J. Rogers, 46, of Pisgah Forest, and Alden James Gainey, 17, of Brevard, face charges in the incident.

Michael Rogers’ son, 18-year-old Micah Rogers, was previously arrested in the incident in late June.

Clemson school officials said the famed Howard’s Rock at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium was vandalized on June 2 and its protective casing was destroyed. Players rub the artifact before running onto the field.

Michael Rogers is a Transylvania County school board member, according to Black Mountain News. He is also reportedly the president and CEO of a masonry company.

The younger Rogers was charged with malicious injury to animals or personal property valued at more than $2,000, but less than $10,000; trespassing and unlawful entry into enclosed places.

The two recently arrested suspects were charged with felony counts of conspiracy and obstructing justice.

They appeared before a Pickens County magistrate in South Carolina and were each released on $7,500 personal recognizance bonds.

Clemson University police told FOX Carolina that surveillance video from outside Memorial Stadium shows three suspects that are believed to be responsible for the incident.

Source: WISTV and Black Mountain News

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