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Woman accused of writing 'perv' on sign at Walter Palmer's dental office is charged

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A Bloomington woman accused of writing "perv" and "scum" on the sign of Walter Palmer's dental practice is charged with a felony.

Kimberly Socha, 41, was charged Tuesday with felony damage to property, according to Hennepin County jail records. She's expected to make her first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Socha and two other women were arrested Monday morning outside River Bluff Dental in Bloomington after a witness called police to report the sign had been spray painted, WCCO reports.

The witness said Socha was the one who spray painted the sign, FOX 9 says. The other two women – sisters from Florida – were arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting, but haven't been charged.

The three women were among four protesters outside Palmer's dental practice Monday, the news station notes.

Protesters have gathered sporadically since Palmer admitted to killing a famed African lion named Cecil earlier this summer.

Palmer has since become the subject of global uproar, despite him saying he believed everything about the hunt was legal. Earlier this month, before he returned to work, he spoke to the Star Tribune and The Associated Press, saying if he knew the lion was famous, he wouldn't have killed it.

This isn't the first time Palmer's property has been vandalized. In early August, his vacation home in Florida was tagged with "lion killer" and pig feet were found in his driveway, USA Today reported.

Palmer has not been arrested or charged with a crime, although United States and Zimbabwean officials have said they are investigating.

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