Alleged arsonist, whose pacemaker data led to arrest, appears in court

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Ross Compton was arrested after the September fire based in part from data taken from his pacemaker

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A Middletown man charged with multiple felonies for allegedly setting his house on fire in September was arraigned today in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

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Ross Compton, 59, was indicted this month for aggravated arson and insurance fraud for allegedly starting the fire on Sept. 19 at his Court Donegal house.

Compton, who is free on his own recognizance, was declared indigent today by Judge Charles Pater and given a court-appointed attorney.

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Ross Compton, charged with aggravated arson and insurance fraud, was arraigned in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. WCPO

Ross Compton, charged with aggravated arson and insurance fraud, was arraigned in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. WCPO

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Ross Compton, charged with aggravated arson and insurance fraud, was arraigned in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. WCPO

Compton is scheduled to be back in court later this month for a pre-trial hearing

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Compton was arrested shortly after the fire in part based on evidence taken from the scene and data from his pacemaker, according to Middletown police.

Police said Compton gave statements that were “inconsistent” with the evidence at the fire.

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