Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Arsonist RA Took Dryer Warnings Seriously

BYU resident adviser charged with arson
The Associated Press

Posted: 11:15 AM- PROVO - A 22-year-old residence adviser from Brigham Young University has been charged with aggravated arson.

Austin Horton was charged connection with an early-morning fire on March 9 at May Hall, where Horton lived and served as an RA. His first court appearance is September 6th. He hasn't been arrested.

According to Capt. Mike Harroun of the BYU police, a pile of rags or dryer lint that had been sprayed with cooking oil was found smoldering in the kitchen area of the building's basement.

Deputy county attorney Chad Grunander says the charge is aggravated because the fire was in an inhabited building.

Horton is still enrolled as a student at BYU, though he is no longer working as an RA. An honor code review for Horton is under way.

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