Boy, 15, charged in Warren cemetery vandalism

Posted Nov. 09, 2009, at 2:07 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — Authorities arrested a 15-year-old boy Friday and charged him with aggravated criminal mischief and “interfering with a burial mound.”

A total of 35 headstones were damaged or destroyed in River View Cemetery during two separate incidents in September and October. Warren Town Manager Grant Watmough said Monday that it will cost more than $3,000 to repair the stones.

Town officials had last week offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the vandals involved.

“Hopefully, this will put an end to this,” Watmough said. “I was afraid that no one would be found. … This is very good news.”

Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said in a press release that the 15-year-old was released into the custody of his parents after being arrested by Deputy John Palmer.

“Further investigation is ongoing and more arrests are probable,” Dennison said.

According to Watmough, an assistant principal at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro said a person at the school confessed.

“There may be somebody there who kind of forced somebody into the confession,” Watmough said. “I don’t know the particulars yet. I don’t know who the perpetrators are.”

If the reward is paid out, it may be possible for the town of Warren to recoup that money in restitution charges, Watmough said.

Some of the damaged gravestones dated back to the 1800s and others were more recent, he said last week.

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