Man faces charges for urinating on Modell's grave

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CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 17: The Cleveland Browns scoreboard, located behind the dawg pound, dipslays a message thanking the fans after the final home game at Browns Stadium 17 December against the Cininnati Bengals. Fans removed the bleacher seats in the dawg pound after the game, allegedly to protest Browns owner Art Modell's plan to move the team to Baltimore at the end of the season. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read KIMBERLY BARTH/AFP/Getty Images)
17 Dec 1995: A MEMBER OF THE FAMOUS CLEVELAND BROWNS FANS DOG POUND HOLDS UP HIS BROKEN HEART AND HIS DOG MASK PRIOR TO THE BROWNS'' 26-10 VICTORY OVER THE CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND STADIUM IN CLEVELAND, OHIO. THE GAME COULD BE THE LAST EVER BROWNS H
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 17: Cleveland Browns running back Ernest Byner greets fans in the Dawg Pound, an area in the stadium known for rowdy fans, 17 December after the Browns defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, in the final game at the Cleveland Stadium. Fans removed bleachers and seats from the stadium in protest of owner Art Modell's decision to move the team to Baltimore. AFP PHOTO Kimberly BARTH (Photo credit should read KIMBERLY BARTH/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 30, 2007: This fan's sign reminds voters to keep Art Modell out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame during a game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns on September 30, 2007 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 27-13. Fan's sign07-1224042 (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
Art Modell, former owner of the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, has died. He was 87. Here, Modell laughs during the Ravens' Media Day in this 2001 file photo. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
Art Modell, former owner of the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, has died. He was 87. Here, Modell is seen in this 2011 file photo with the Super Bowl trophy from the Ravens' 2000-2001 victory. (Gene Sweeney Jr./Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
Art Modell, former owner of the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, has died. He was 87. Here, Modell gets a hug from Mia Campbell, 8, of Baltimore, at the Sports Legend Museum i nthis 2007 file photo. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
Ravens fans honor the late Browns/Ravens owner Art Modell before the Baltimore Ravens host the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday, September 10, 2012. (Doug Kapustin/MCT via Getty Images)
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BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland authorities said Tuesday they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the grave of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.

The man, who so far has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. He posted a video of the incident to YouTube this month.

"Everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to believe that their final resting place will be treated with respect," Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a written statement. "Bringing charges against this individual should act as a deterrent to others and assure the rest of us that no matter who you are, indecencies will not be committed against your final resting place."

Shellenberger said the man will not be identified until charges are filed and served.

Art Modell died in 2012 at the age of 87. He spent 43 years as an NFL owner, overseeing the Browns from 1961 until he moved the team to Baltimore in 1996 to become the Ravens. Modell served as league president from 1967-69, helped finalize the first collective bargaining agreement with the players in 1968 and was the point man for the NFL's lucrative contracts with television networks.

Modell and his wife, Patricia, are buried at Druid Ridge Cemetery in Baltimore.

David Modell, Art Modell's son, said the family is thankful for the efforts of Baltimore County police and the decision by the state's attorney to file charges.

"We also agree with the state's attorney's office that everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to know that the final resting place will not be defiled," said Modell, who served as president and chief operating officer of the Ravens while Art ran the team. "We are a country of laws. Just because you're angry, that doesn't mean the laws no longer apply to you."

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