Vanessa Hudgens, Austin Butler: Why Are They Under a Criminal Investigation?

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Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler are officially under a criminal investigation.

Why?

The investigation stems from their recent Valentine's Day getaway near the Coconino National Forest.

It seems Vanessa Hudgens shared a photo on social media from their getaway that features her name--as well as Austin Butler's--carved into a rock. The photo has since been deleted, but not before the police were informed of its existence.

TMZ reports there is a federal law prohibiting people from "damaging natural surfaces or property of the United States."

No charges have yet been filed against Vanessa Hudgens or Austin Butler, but that's because the investigation is ongoing. If they are charged, both could be facing a misdemeanor, as well as a fine of up to $5,000 and six months in jail.

Some of the pictures Austin Butler and Vanessa Hudgens took on their getaway are still on Instagram.

"#sedonadreams," this one of Vanessa Hudgens is captioned.

Did you know it was a federal crime to carve your name or initials into a rock or tree in the U.S.? It's likely that lots of people are unaware of the law--including Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler.

It will be interesting to learn how long this investigation takes and if the two wind up being charged.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.