Police in the city of Hudson say Christopher Osborn and Roy Francis, both 20, and 19-year-old James Glover III, were arrested Thursday. The men, all from Hudson, were charged with aggravated harassment, conspiracy, making graffiti, and criminal mischief, which is the hate crime aspect of the charges.
Authorities say the men painted the racial slur on the back wall of the Hudson Islamic Center just after midnight Wednesday.
Osborn and Glover have pleaded not guilty and were sent to the Columbia County Jail.
Francis was being held in jail pending his arraignment Friday afternoon.