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Michigan Man Arrested For Climbing Mount Rushmore

July 25, 2018 - 1:52 pm

(WWJ)  A 19-year-old Michigan man has been arrested and fined for climbing Mount Rushmore.

According to the United States Attorney's Office, Zachary Schossau of South Rockwood, in Monroe County, was caught in the act and taken into custody by park rangers at the National Memorial last Sunday. 

U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons says that Schossau then appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman on Monday and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, plus a $30 court processing fee.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rich prosecuted the case.

Schossau's arrested came just a few days after the body of a 58-year-old Illinois man was found at the base of a cliff near a popular climbing area of Mount Rushmore. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the National Park Service wish to remind and caution the public that climbing the Mount Rushmore is a violation of the law, and offenders will be prosecuted.

“Please be respectful and stay off the Rushmore Memorial,” Parsons said, in a news release.  “The terrain is hazardous, and it ends in federal court.”

Completed in 1941, the memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota features the features of President George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt sculpted into the granite mountain face. The carving took about 14 years, with each face measuring about 60 feet in height.