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Former scout charged with setting fire to lodge

Posted August 24, 2009 4:29 p.m. EDT
Updated August 26, 2009 5:55 p.m. EDT

— The person charged with setting fire to a West End Boy Scout lodge is a former scout, a Moore County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

Aaron Jaymes Lee, 17, of 103 Sandspur Lane, was arrested Saturday and charged with burning a church, two counts of setting fire to a wooded area and two counts of misuse of 911.

Authorities linked him to a July 1 fire near the intersection of Sandspur Lane and Edgewater Drive in the Seven Lakes community; an Aug. 17 fire at 3164 Carthage Road on property owned by West End United Methodist Church and used by the Boy Scouts; and false reports of fires on Aug. 15 and Aug. 22.

The church building was considered a total loss with an estimated $400,000 in damages.

Lee was held on $50,000 secured bond. He has a court appearance scheduled for Sept. 10.