KEYSTONE, S.D. — A Bloomington woman had to pay a fine after she admitted to climbing Mount Rushmore, a violation of federal law.
Molly Venderley, 20, pleaded guilty Monday at a hearing in federal court in South Dakota.
Two other misdemeanor charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement. She was fined $1,250 after pleading guilty.
Venderley told a park ranger she climbed the monument Sunday night even though she knew it was against the law and the park was closed.
The park ranger who caught Venderley saw her flashlight on a security camera and said she made it to the base of George Washington’s lapel.