CLEMSON — A Transylvania County school board member and a teen were charged Friday in the Howard’s Rock vandalism case.
Clemson University police charged Michael J. Rogers, 46, of Pisgah Forest, N.C. and Alden James Gainey, 17, of Brevard, N.C., each with felony counts of conspiracy and obstructing justice in connection with the June 2 break-in and vandalism at Memorial Stadium.
Both men appeared before a Pickens County magistrate Friday and each was released on a $7,500 personal recognizance bond for their alleged roles in the incident, in which a section of the rock – a long venerated symbol of Tiger football that sits above the field at the stadium – was broken off.
University officials declined to comment on Friday’s arrests. Clemson University police referred requests for comment to the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Deputy Solicitor Andrew Culbreath said the investigation was continuing and declined to comment as well.
Michael Rogers, who did not respond to repeated requests for comment, owns a masonry business in Pisgah Forest and has served as pastor of Dunn’s Creek Baptist Church in Brevard since 2008, according to the Transylvania (N.C.) County School Board website. His school board tenure ran from 2002 to 2009, and he was reappointed to the board in January of this year.
Micah Rogers, 18, also of Pisgah Forest, was arrested in the case on June 28 and faces charges of malicious injury to animals or personal property valued at more than $2,000, but less than $10,000; and trespassing, unlawful entry into enclosed places.