Arroyo Grande teen to be tried as an adult

November 5, 2011

The 16-year-old accused of burning down the Arroyo Grande Boys Scouts of America building in May will likely be tried as an adult. [SantaMariaTimes]

Police arrested the currently unnamed 16-year-old Arroyo Grande High School student and Caleb Joseph Pelletier, 18, of Creston on suspicion of conspiracy, arson, burglary and possession of stolen property a few weeks after the torching of the Boy Scout Troop 414 building.

On Thursday, the Arroyo Grande teen was found unfit for juvenile court. He is scheduled to be arraigned in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Monday, after which officials will release his name.

Both teens have been in custody since their May arrests. The 16-year-old has been held in the SLO County Juvenile Services Center. Following his arraignment, he is slated to be transferred to SLO County Jail where Pelletier is currently being held.


12 Comments

  1. Highschool Kid says:

    The santia maria times published his name already with a photo. He doesn’t look like some crazy arson mastermind to me.Just a slightly depressed ,bored kid.

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  2. Paladin says:

    It is only a minor point. The Boy Scouts do not own the building. BSA shared the building with 5 Cities Judo Club and the rented it from The Japanese American Cultural League (JACL). The building was actually a Japanese school prior to WW II.
    There were 4 victims in this fire, JACL, BSA troop 414, 5 Cities Judo, and the citizens for loosing a cultural building. It should have been moved with the Santa Emanuela School building. It feel on deaf ears at the So. County Historical Society. It is all our lose.

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  3. shelworth says:

    The poor little guy just needs some understanding

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  4. Cindy says:

    “On Thursday, the Arroyo Grande teen was found unfit for juvenile court.”

    That line caught my attention. I’ve heard of being unfit to stand trial but I’ve never heard of a juvenile being unfit for juvenile court. I’ve heard of certain crimes rising to the level that are outside the consideration of a juvenile offense like committing intentional serious bodily injury or murder but not a fire such as this one where there were no injuries. I imagine it means that he has a serious record and has done other things that raise this latest crime to a higher level ?

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  5. r0y says:

    So if a 16-year old is tried as an adult, does that mean we’ll see his/her name and photo? Or does the anonymity thing still apply to them as a minor?

    (not totally unrelated to the story, but I am curious how this works)

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    • Typoqueen says:

      I believe that his identity will be made public. It’s up to the publication whether they show him or not.

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    • bobfromsanluis says:

      r0y: Sometimes it helps to actually read the article, in full, and who knows, maybe your question will be answered: “On Thursday, the Arroyo Grande teen was found unfit for juvenile court. He is scheduled to be arraigned in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Monday, after which officials will release his name.
      Typical.

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    • rtor481 says:

      The article says officials will release his name he’s arraigned.

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    • Typoqueen says:

      In all fairness, I do believe that I’ve read that some publications won’t publish minors identities even if they’re charged as adults and they’re names are released. God knows that I’m the last person to defend you but I don’t feel that this was such a stupid question.

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      • Maxfusion says:

        Good grief, forget “fairness’. It was a stupid question considering the content of the article. In all “fairness” who among us doesn’t stumble, but let’s own our mistakes and not dilute them with the road worn concept of “fairness”. By the way, life isn’t fair. Never has been, never will be. Sorry

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