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Washington County Juvenile Court briefs

October 02, 2008

Teen admits to reckless endangerment in setting fire to house

A teenager admitted Wednesday in juvenile court to reckless endangerment because of a fire he set at an abandoned house in June.

The fire was set June 3 in the area of Linwood Road, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said in court Wednesday.

The teenager told people a few days before the incident that he was going to harm himself and set a fire at the house, Flores said. The boy had been hospitalized for an emergency psychiatric evaluation and was released the day before the fire was set, Flores said.

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The teenager admitted to an acquaintance, and later to investigators, that he set the fire, Flores said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, accepted the teenager's admission. He scheduled a disposition, the juvenile equivalent of sentencing, for Oct. 15.

Boy admits court has enough evidence to convict in assault against stepsister

A 16-year-old boy admitted Wednesday in juvenile court that the state had enough evidence to convict him of second-degree assault.

The charges stem from a sexual assault involving the boy's stepsister, Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said. The boy was found lying in the girl's closet the night of the assault, Flores said.

Other charges were dropped in exchange for the admission.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, accepted the boy's admission and ordered him released into community detention pending a disposition, the juvenile equivalent of a sentencing. The boy will be living with his grandmother.

- Erin Julius

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