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West Jessamine Principal Charged With Arson

Date of News Release: 03/23/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.)--- The principal of West Jessamine High School who reported a fire at his Nicholasville residence March 14 has now been arrested and charged with second-degree arson in connection with the blaze, according to the Kentucky State Police (KSP).

Albert L. Crout III, 39, of 191 Grace Lane, was taken into custody at the Jessamine County Detention Center Thursday afternoon (March 23) by arson investigator KSP Det. Kevin Dunn and released on bond.

"It became apparent that there was no real explosion but rather a residential structure fire," said Det. Dunn. "Further investigation revealed that it had been intentionally set."

The Jessamine County Fire Department responded to a report of an explosion and fire at Crout's residence at approximately 6 p.m. March 14 and extinguished the blaze, which caused significant damage to two rooms. Crout was treated for minor injuries at the University of Kentucky Hospital and released.

Crout's wife and three children were not home at the time of the fire.

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