Teens accused of setting fire to church reach plea deal

Teens accused of setting fire to church reach plea deal
Flames shoot from the church early Monday morning. (Photo courtesy Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue)

TUALATIN, Ore. – The two teenage boys charged with breaking into a Tualatin church and setting it ablaze will not face a trial, according to the church's pastor.

The 13-year olds were arrested in March, accused of breaking into Living Savior Lutheran Church to steal cash and setting the fire in a closet. Their attorneys worked out a plea deal.

A judge will sentence one of the two boys on Tuesday.

The second boy is scheduled for sentencing next month.

No one was hurt in the early morning blaze of March 19, but the church and a preschool were heavily damaged.

Fire crews from the Lake Oswego Fire Department and Portland Fire and Rescue joined Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue to fight the fire as it rose to three alarms. A total of 60 firefighters helped put out the fire.

Police said they were able to develop a lead in the case based on information from a concerned citizen: One of the boys sent a text message to a friend, implicating himself in the fire.