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Kathleen Folden: $2,991 for bashing "Romantic Cannibals," featuring Jesus receiving oral sex

Remember Kathleen Folden, the Montana trucker with a deep hatred for "Romantic Cannibals," a multi-panel work by California's Enrique Chagoya on display at the Loveland Museum/Gallery? The one who said "God is real" right after she'd taken a crowbar to the piece, which appears to show Jesus receiving oral sex?

Well, yesterday, Folden paid for her unusual approach to art criticism -- but not as much as prosecutors hoped.

According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, a judge ordered Folden to pay $2,991 in restitution. Prosecutors had originally set the price at $6,748 -- "$3,400 for the cost of the piece, $1,825 for the broken frame, both to the insurance company that paid the owner, and $1,523 to the city for counseling and staff time," notes the paper.

Folden is also serving eighteen months probation -- and while she reportedly lost her job after the incident, she's back behind the wheel. Have crowbar, will travel.

Look below to see "Romantic Cannibals" as a whole, including a larger version of the most controversial panel, as well as a video showing protests against the piece that preceded Folden's arrival.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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