Wheaton College student accused of setting dorm fires deemed dangerous

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NORTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Wheaton College student accused of setting several fires inside a residence hall on campus has been released following a dangerousness hearing Tuesday.

At the hearing, Janelys Pimentel was found to be dangerous but was ultimately released into her mother’s custody. She was ordered to be on home confinement, wear a GPS monitor, and stay away from firearms, alcohol and drugs.

Pimentel, 22, was arrested following an investigation into a small fire that police believed was intentionally set inside McIntire Hall. Police said first responders discovered the fire in an old water fountain in a third-floor hallway.

It was the sixth fire set inside McIntire Hall since Nov. 28, according to police. In early December, the building was evacuated after fires were set inside the second- and third-floor bathrooms.

Police said Pimental, who was one of the hall’s resident assistants, was captured on surveillance footage setting the most recent fire.

She was charged with two counts of arson, four counts of wantonly injuring real and personal property, and six counts of vandalism.

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