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October 1, 2013

Alleged arsonist locked up until Oct. 23

NORTH ANDOVER — A man charged with setting a fire in a restroom at his place of employment will stay behind bars at least until Oct. 23.

Judge Mark Sullivan determined that Jonathan Morgan, 23, of 34 Royal Crest Drive, poses a danger to the community after a hearing in Lawrence District Court on Friday. The judge ordered Morgan to return to the court Oct. 23 for a probable cause hearing.

Morgan is accused of setting a fire at Central Metal Finishing, 80 Flagship Drive, the night of Sept. 11 at around 7 p.m. Morgan lit a shirt on fire that charred a sink, according to a report filed by Cronin. The fire was quickly extinguished by other employees, police said.

The company fired Morgan, according to a report filed with the court.

Morgan was arrested and charged with arson after a weeklong investigation by North Andover Fire Department Investigator Jeffrey Crosby and Cronin.

Assistant District Attorney Randall Gleason represented the state at Friday’s hearing. Morgan was represented by attorney Hilary McCamic.

Because arson is a felony, it is likely that Morgan will ultimately be tried in Superior Court. If he is convicted, he could face a 10-year prison term.

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