arsonDAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (9/20/19) — A 14-year-old boy has been charged with four counts of first-degree arson after a police investigation into a string of residential fires in August and another yesterday at the high school.

Daviess County Sheriff’s Department said the residential fires occurred in mid-August in the 3900 block of Kentucky 764.

DCSO School Resource Office Deputy Paul Mattingly discovered that a fire had been purposely set in the boy’s bathroom at Daviess County High School, which led his investigation into charged the boy with one count of first-degree arson.

DCSO Criminal Investigation Division’s investigation led to three more charges of first-degree arson.

The juvenile was released to his parents pending appearance in Daviess County Juvenile Court.

Today, the DCHS director of student services issued the following statement:

"The safety and security of our students and staff are always a priority of Daviess County Public Schools.
This morning there is a report the arrest of an individual who is facing charges of arson in the Daviess
County Community.

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, there was a piece of burnt paper found in a boys' restroom at Daviess
County High School. The students, staff, and the schools were never in danger. There were no injuries to
anyone nor any property damage to Daviess County High School as a result of the burnt piece of paper.
There was never an active fire scene at Daviess County High School and no fire department response was
necessary for the burnt piece of paper.

Investigation by school administrators and the School Resource Officer led to the identity of the person
responsible for the burnt piece of paper. This investigation led to information of interest to the Daviess
County Sheriff's Office. The investigation by school administrators and the Daviess County
Sheriff’s Office is another example of our partnership and shared commitment to the safety and
security of our students and our community."

Damon Fleming
Director of Student Services
Daviess County Public Schools

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