U.S. District Court records show that 21-year-old Nurtilek Bakirov was ordered to leave the country in late September as his visa was about to expire. However, when he tried to re-enter the U.S. from Russia, the State Department denied him entry and denied issuing him a new visa, court records said.
Bakirov is currently in Kerch, Russia, the documents said.
He is charged with felony malicious destruction of property and faces 10 years in prison after a U.S. Park Police officer found him using a penny to carve letters into a column of the Lincoln Memorial.
A judge released him on his own recognizance after his initial hearing on Sept. 19.
The government counsel will work with the State Department on his re-entry, the documents said. His court date has been rescheduled for Nov. 30.