CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Marshall University police on Monday charged a student reporter for allegedly spraying graffiti on several campus buildings.
Tyler Shane Wolfe, 21, wrote a series of stories for the Parthenon student newspaper about a Marshall Police investigation into a string of graffiti incidents on campus. After one story, police identified Wolfe as one of the suspects in the case, Parthenon Faculty Adviser Nerissa Young said.
Wolfe spray-painted "Narc" or "Nark" on Old Main, a freshman dorm and several trashcans around campus, according to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court.
Wolfe allegedly defaced the property six months ago, Young said, before he became a student reporter at the Parthenon. He was charged with three misdemeanor counts of destruction of property for the spray painting.
Police also charged Wolfe with misdemeanor counts of obstructing a police officer and conspiracy to damage property.
According to the obstruction charge, Wolfe "used his position as a university reporter to obtain information about the case while at the same time destroying state property himself..."
University officials have not issued a statement about the incident, but they did strip Wolfe of his responsibilities as a resident adviser and ejected him from the dorms, Young said.
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