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Vanessa Hudgens Under Investigation For Federal Crime

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Feb. 17 2016, Published 11:27 a.m. ET

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Vanessa Hudgens and boyfriend Austin Butler could be in serious trouble with the state of Arizona after the pair allegedly carved their names into the Red Rock of Sedona's Coconino National Forest on Monday.

Unfortunately, the couple made the mistake of posting a photo of their graffito artwork to Instagram. The evidence has since been deleted, but not before multiple sources sent snaps along to police.

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"The issue of people carving their names and other things in rocks in the Sedona and surrounding area is always a challenge we face and try to educate people about," the forest's public affairs officer told Page Six after the incident. "We have found that when one person carves something, it encourages others to carve."

"Carving of any kind affects the natural beauty of the area and it is something that is prohibited under Title 36 of CFR 261.9 (a) 'Damaging any natural feature or other property of the United States,'" he continued.

Of course, it's been a difficult time for Hudgens in recent weeks.

As Radar previously reported, before she was set to appear live on TV for NBC's Grease last weekend, the 27-year-old revealed that her father's battle with cancer ended the night before.

Nevertheless, Hudgens and 24-year-old Butler could face up to six months in jail and $5,000 fine for defacing the area.

"People make mistakes whether knowingly or unknowingly," Red Rocks spokesman Brady Smith said.

Hudgens has not yet responded to requests for comment from the Associated Press.

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