Doctor’s evaluation complete on teen accused in Middletown church arson

Doctor’s evaluation complete on teen accused in Middletown church arson

A 16-year-old teen accused of setting fire to a Middletown church has been found competent to stand trial.

The teen was in Butler County Juvenile Court today where Judge Ronald Craft said a competency evaluation conducted by a doctor determined the boy is capable of understanding the proceedings against him.

Greg Beane, attorney for the 16-year-old charged with aggravated arson, breaking and entering and theft for allegedly starting the Jan. 22 fire at Tytus Avenue First Church of God, requested the evaluation last month.

In a Facebook post the teen said he was off his medication and confessed to setting the church fire, according to court documents.

The teen said nothing during the hearing, but hugged family members before he left the courtroom. All declined comment.

A second teen, charged with failure to report a crime and receiving stolen property after he was allegedly found to be in possession of a laptop taken from the church, also appeared in court this morning. His case was also set for March 30 for a pre-trial hearing.

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