Teen sentenced for setting fire to Middletown church

Teen sentenced for setting fire to Middletown church

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - A 16-year-old Middletown boy has been sentenced for setting a fire that badly damaged a church.

The boy was ordered to serve 6 months on two arson charges, but the judge suspended the sentence and sent him to a juvenile treatment program.

The teen apologized for his actions Tuesday in Butler County Juvenile Court.

"I want to apologize for what I did. I know it was wrong. I shouldn't have done it. I'm extremely sorry for my actions, but I want to go to rehab and better myself so I can get my life together," he said.

He broke into Tytus Avenue First Church of God on Tytus Ave. in January, stole $1,000 and started a fire, according to court documents.

Damage was estimated at $450,000, and a 40-year-old box turtle in the church offices died in the fire.

The teen's grandmother said her she has hope for for the teen's future.

"I see a lot for him, he can be whoever he wants to be. Just like when he was in there, he was talking and he was taking responsibility. He's not tried to hide it or anything," Ruby Abrams said.

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