WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Bloomington man was arrested in the nation’s capital after police say he painted a profane message on the Washington Monument.
According to the United States Park Police, 44-year-old Shaun Ray Deaton vandalized the base of the monument with red paint.
Photos showed a red splash of paint along with a message. USPP said Deaton was arrested around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was charged with trespassing, tampering and vandalism.
“This is an initial criminal charge and, as the investigation continues, there may be additional charges,” according to a statement from the National Park Service.
Conservators have already started the process of removing the paint. According to a tweet from the National Mall, the base of the monument will be treated with several applications of cleaning products.
Another tweet said a “week of sunlight will also help return the monument to its usual impressive state.”
The Washington Monument was temporarily closed after the incident.