Teen arsonist avoids jail sentence

FREMONT James Rogers will not see the inside of a jail cell. The 17-year-old Clyde na
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

 

FREMONT

James Rogers will not see the inside of a jail cell.

The 17-year-old Clyde native who set his house on fire will spend one year at a rehabilitation center for fire starters.

Rogers, formerly of 129 W. McPherson Highway, appeared unshaven anddistraught as Juvenile Court Judge Brad Culbert read the sentence Monday at Sandusky County Juvenile Court.

Rogers, convicted of aggravated arson, was also given 90 days at Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center --80 days of which he's served -- and200 hours of community service.

Rogers, dressed in an orange jumpsuit with his hands and legs shackled, was also ordered to pay $500 for fire damage to his neighbor's house.

He will serve probation for an unknown period of time after he is released fromthe center.

Rogers sprayed his home with lighter fluid and set it on fire Oct. 1, according to Clyde Police Department.

Rogers, his sister and their mother escaped the fire after a passerby helped them.

Rogers' attorney, Benjamin Elder of Fremont, said the fire was an accident and the teen did not mean to hurt anyone.

"He was playing with fire. He never intended to burn it down. He never intended to harm anyone," Elder said. "He's learned his lesson in a difficult way."