13-year-old charged with arson
BRIGHTON — Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar confirmed today that charges have been filed against a 13-year-old Brighton boy in connection with a shed fire over the weekend and for his allegedly attempting to intimidate a witness.
Charges were filed Tuesday afternoon on Aaron Lucas Williams, 13, of Brighton for criminal mischief, second-degree arson, reckless use of fire or explosives, explosive or incendiary materials or devices, and witness tampering.
Williams was arrested Tuesday morning in Fairfield at the Young House, part of the Fairfield Community School District. Fairfield Police captain David Thomas said the Washington County Sheriff’s Department asked Fairfield Police to detain Williams while a Washington County deputy came to get him and make the formal arrest.
Dunbar said that Williams is accused of starting a shed fire Sunday afternoon in the 300 block of North Jefferson Street in Brighton. Brighton Fire Department responded. The fire was extinguished. Dunbar said that Williams allegedly used a “homemade bomb” to ignite the building. He also said the sheriff’s department believes the fire was a “retaliatory act.”
The witness tampering charge is due to a similar device being located at the residence of a subject who had made a complaint on Williams.
Second-degree arson involves the damage of property worth over $500 and is a Class C felony that can bring up to 10 years in prison for an adult. Witness tampering is also a Class C felony. Reckless use of fire or explosives is a serious misdemeanor, which can bring up to two years in prison for an adult.