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January 17, 2014

Juvenile charged with arson in CHS fire

CENTERVILLE — According to a press release from the Centerville Police Department, the Centerville Police Department arrested Alec James Brown, 14, of Centerville at the Law Center on Friday, Jan. 17.

Brown was charged with first degree arson, a class B felony and first degree criminal mischief, a class C felony.

The charges stem from an ongoing investigation into the fire at Centerville High School on Thursday, Jan. 9. Officers uncovered additional information in regards to the fire and were able to bring charges against Brown.

Brown will be transferred to a juvenile detention facility where he will be held pending future court proceedings.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Iowa Code Section 232.19 (4) is the section dealing with the release of juvenile’s names.

"4. Information pertaining to a child who is at least ten years of age and who is taken into custody for a delinquent act which would be a public offense is a public record and is not confidential under section 232.147."

Iowa law prohibited prior to 1997 public disclosure by law enforcement of juvenile offenders' names unless the youth was 14 or older and was charged with an aggravated misdemeanor or felony.

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