Boy Scouts strip men of leadership positions after rock toppling at Goblin Valley State Park in Utah
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SALT LAKE CITY - Two Utah men have been stripped of their positions as Boy Scout leaders after they posted a video of themselves purposely toppling an ancient rock formation in a state park.
A northern Utah Boy Scouts council announced Monday that the men involved in the Oct. 11 event at Goblin Valley State Park have been removed from their posts. The news release doesn't name the men, but Glenn Taylor and Dave Hall have taken responsibility for what happened.
"We have now modified Goblin Valley," a man said laughingly in the video after his friend nearby sang, "Wiggle it, just a little bit."
Taylor later said he knocked over the large boulder because it was loose and he thought it would fall and hurt someone.
The Boy Scouts of America condemned the men's actions last week, and said further action, including criminal charges, could be taken after a review of the incident.
State parks spokesman Eugene Swalberg said the formation at Goblin Valley State Park is about 170 million years old. The park in central Utah is dotted with thousands of the eerie, mushroom shaped sandstone formations.
Swalberg said a county prosecutor and the state attorney general's office are investigating.
Taylor is facing additional scrutiny after it was revealed that he filed a lawsuit claiming he endured "great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of life" stemming from a 2009 car accident, according to ABC News affiliate KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City.
According to KTVX, Taylor said in the documents he has incurred an estimated $5,000 in medical-related expenses as a result of the crash.
Alan Macdonald, who is being sued by Taylor because it was his daughter who hit Taylor’s car, told KTVX that he was "highly offended" by Taylor’s actions.
"In the video I see a big strong guy who steps up to a 2,000 pound rock and dislodges it and I just think to myself, that guy doesn't have a bad back," Macdonald said.
Taylor's attorney, Mark Stubbs, told KUTV that just because his client is beginning to recover from his injured back doesn't mean he hasn't suffered from pain in the past.
See the video of the rock toppling below. (Mobile users, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYFD18BwmJ4)
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