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Frederick Co. deputy faces arson charge

September 16, 2006

FREDERICK, Md. - A sergeant with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office was placed on administrative leave Friday after he was arrested earlier in the day on charges in connection with a Sept. 2 vehicle fire, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

Theodore Randolph Dorsey, 37, of Knoxville, Md., was charged with second-degree arson and first-degree malicious burning in connection with the fire to a vehicle that belonged to a woman that he was living with, according to the release.

Dorsey was arrested without incident by deputy state fire marshals at the Sheriff's Office, according to a press release from Maryland State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard's office. Dorsey was awaiting a bail review by a district court commissioner at the Frederick County Detention Center, according to the release.

Investigators were dispatched to a vehicle fire on Sept. 2 at 10:23 p.m. in a secluded area along Md. 80 at the Monocacy River Bridge near Buckeystown, Md., officials said.

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The fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to a 2005 Chevrolet Blazer that was set on fire through the use of an ignitable liquid, officials said.

Deputy fire marshals subsequently learned that Dorsey resided with the victim. During an interview with Dorsey soon after the fire, investigators noticed Dorsey had injuries to his face, wrist and hand that appeared to be consistent with those caused by an ignitable liquid flash fire, officials said.

A motive for the fire has not been determined, and authorities are continuing to investigate to determine if others were involved.

Dorsey has been with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office for 12 years, according to the Sheriff's Office release.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Bailey directed further inquiries about Dorsey's arrest to Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor, citing confidentiality of personnel matters.

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