2nd teen charged in Middletown church arson

2nd teen charged in Middletown church arson
Posted at 4:10 PM, Jan 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-27 16:10:15-05

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A second Middletown teen has been charged in connection with a church fire on Jan. 22.

A 16-year-old has been charged with failure to report a crime and receiving stolen property, Lt. Jimmy Cunningham told WCPO news partner the Journal-News.

The boy was not at Tytus Avenue First Church of God when another 16-year-old Middletown boy allegedly set the church on fire after breaking in and stealing $1,000 and other items, Cunningham said.

The boy was in possession of a computer that was stolen from the church, police said. He will appear in Butler County juvenile court next month.

The 16-year-old charged with arson, breaking and entering and theft will probably face additional charges, police said. Others will also be charged in connection to the fire.

The fire caused about $450,000, fire officials said.