Former student charged with vandalism of W&L property

One of the acts of vandalism at The Sustainability House on Washington and Lee's campus.
One of the acts of vandalism at The Sustainability House on Washington and Lee’s campus.

A former student of Washington and Lee University is facing a felony charge following the spray painting of a university-owned building and several cars.

Sheamus Craugh, 20, was charged Tuesday with one count of vandalism. The charge follows a March 3 incident in which the Sustainability House on Nelson Street, which houses students, and several cars in the area were spray painted with graffiti. Craugh had been a sophomore at W&L at the time of the incident but is no longer enrolled.  In a March 3 email to the university community, W&L’s dean of students said the graffiti included “anti-gay sentiments directed at an individual student.”

Detective Robert Smith of the Lexington Police Department said the charges are not hate crime-related because Virginia law does not include sexual orientation as a protected category, according to The Roanoke Times.