A group of seven people, including both adults and juveniles, are arrested and charged in connection with vandalism of the historic 200-year-old Fort Revere in Hull, Massachusetts early Friday morning.
Hull Police report that an officer of the department was patrolling Fort Revere when she noticed a large amount of different colored graffiti, which included vulgar, sexual and racist language on the site's walls. She then located a group of teenagers at the site, who had spray paint on their hands and bottles of spray paint in their possession.
Samantha Foley, 18, of Marshfield is charged with possession of alcohol as a person under 21, tagging, malicious destruction of property over $250, and trespassing.
Alexis Osborne, 18, Keri Mulvehill, 18, and Julia Kolar, 18, all from Marshfield are charged with tagging, malicious destruction of property over $250 and trespassing.
The three 17-year-old juveniles, two males and one female, are all charged with tagging, malicious destruction of property over $250 and trespassing.
Hull Police Department Chief Robert C. Sawtelle says, "Fort Revere is part of American history, located right here in Hull. It is hallowed ground for the French, and we will not tolerate its disrespect, destruction or desacration. This is a quality of life issue for our community, and we stand with our partners in the Deparment of Conservation and Recreation and the Massachusetts State Police in the protection and conservation of Fort Revere."
The arrest was made as a part of the department's ongoing efforts to curb vandalism and graffiti at the site, which served as a coastal battery to protect Boston Harbor. It is also the burial location of numerous French soldiers who fought alongside Americans during the revolutionary war.
All seven teenagers were arrested, booked and then released on personal recognizance, and they are scheduled to be arraigned next week.