MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ) – Morehead police have arrested and charged a man for allegedly painting racist graffiti near Morehead State University in late September, according to the Morehead news.
Morehead news says several Morehead citizens in the McClure Circle area off North Wilson Avenue found multiple cases of vandalism on September 30.
A bass boat had been spray painted black, a truck had been damaged, along with tires that had been burned, according to the Morehead news.
The Morehead news says there was a racial slur painted on the house of two African-American MSU students, and another home had an anti-Semitic symbol painted.
After a month-long investigation, the Morehead Police Department named Jeffery Masters, 20, as a person of interest related to the crime, according to the Morehead news.
According to the Morehead news, Masters admitted to police he was the one who committed the wrongdoing.
Masters was arrested and charged with first degree criminal mischief. He was lodged in the Rowan County Detention Center.
The Morehead news says the charge is a Class D Felony and is subject to one to five years in prison.
Masters pleaded not guilty on Wednesday morning and he was released into the custody of his parents on a $2,500 surety bond and ordered not to go near McClure Circle, according to the Morehead news.
A jury will decide if acts by Masters are deemed a hate crime, according to the Morehead news.
They say Masters is due back in court on Dec. 13 for a preliminary hearing.