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16-year-old charged in multiple arson case

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The 16-year-old suspect stands before a judge to face arson charges. The 16-year-old suspect stands before a judge to face arson charges.
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A 16-year-old Central Valley High School student was charged with seven counts of arson in Spokane County Juvenile Court Monday.

The teen is facing six counts of 2nd Degree Arson and one count of 1st Degree Arson. Because the teen was being charged in connection to 23 arsons, there was a chance he could've been tried as an adult, however a judge determined he will face the charges as a juvenile due to his lack of criminal history. Because he will be charged as a juvenile, KHQ has chosen not to reveal his identity. 

The teen will be back in court on Tuesday to determine if he will be released while awaiting trial. 

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