Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 574
Offenses Against Public Order
Section 574.085

August 28, 2013


Institutional vandalism.

574.085. 1. A person commits the crime of institutional vandalism by knowingly vandalizing, defacing or otherwise damaging:

(1) Any church, synagogue or other building, structure or place used for religious worship or other religious purpose;

(2) Any cemetery, mortuary, military monument or other facility used for the purpose of burial or memorializing the dead;

(3) Any school, educational facility, community center, hospital or medical clinic owned and operated by a religious or sectarian group;

(4) The grounds adjacent to, and owned or rented by, any institution, facility, building, structure or place described in subdivision (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection;

(5) Any personal property contained in any institution, facility, building, structure or place described in subdivision (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection; or

(6) Any motor vehicle which is owned, operated, leased or under contract by a school district or a private school for the transportation of school children.

2. Institutional vandalism is punishable as follows:

(1) Institutional vandalism is a class A misdemeanor, except as provided in subdivisions (2) and (3) of this subsection;

(2) Institutional vandalism is a class D felony if the offender commits any act described in subsection 1 of this section which causes damage to, or loss of, the property of another in an amount in excess of one thousand dollars;

(3) Institutional vandalism is a class C felony if the offender commits any act described in subsection 1 of this section which causes damage to, or loss of, the property of another in an amount in excess of five thousand dollars.

3. In determining the amount of damage to property or loss of property, for purposes of this section, damage includes the cost of repair or, where necessary, replacement of the property that was damaged or lost.

(L. 1988 S.B. 678 1, A.L. 1996 H.B. 1086 merged with H.B. 1301 & 1298)

CROSS REFERENCE:

Civil action for damages or injunction, attorney's fees and costs may be awarded prevailing plaintiff, 537.523


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