Date: 3/13/2009

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — An investigator says a teenager accused of setting nine fires in an arson-plagued Philadelphia suburb led them to several of the scenes and confessed to the crimes.

Nineteen-year-old Roger Leon Barlow was held for trial after a court hearing Friday. He’s charged with arson and aggravated assault in connection with blazes that broke out in Coatesville between Jan. 2 and Feb. 3.

Federal investigator Jason Wick testified in court that Barlow changed his story several times during an interview, but ultimately admitted setting the fires.

Wick also says Barlow drove him and other investigators to the arson sites and referred to one fire that damaged 15 row houses as “the big one.”

A trial date for Barlow has not been set.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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