Long Island police officer accused of torching vacant home
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A Suffolk County police officer who is also a volunteer firefighter is being accused of setting fire to an unoccupied home on Long Island.
Officer Weldon Drayton, of Brentwood, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday.
He’s the fourth Central Islip volunteer to be charged in connection with an alleged arson scheme that torched five vacant homes between October and January.
Prosecutors say the 34-year-old Drayton wanted to increase his stature by being the first to respond.
According to Newsday , Drayton’s attorney described his client as a former Marine and the father of two children.
The other volunteer firefighters were charged in March. All have pleaded not guilty.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com