A 28-year-old transient was charged Tuesday with vandalizing a statue and painting at a Hindu temple in Anaheim nearly one year ago.

Julio Masaso Taufa is accused of throwing objects at a statue and painting in a prayer center at the Gayatri Consciousness Center, 2446 W. Orange Ave., about 7:30 p.m. July 6, said Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Shane Carringer.

Taufa was told he could not come in unless he took off his shoes before he allegedly hurled the objects, Carringer said.

Taufa was charged with one felony count of vandalism of religious property. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana Tuesday and was ordered back to court for a pretrial hearing June 22 in the North Justice Center in Fullerton.

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