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  • Middletown man charged in 2007 Maryland arson

  • A Middletown man hoping for a career in law enforcement is instead facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly confessing to his role in a 2007 arson during a job interview this week.
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  • A Middletown man hoping for a career in law enforcement is instead facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly confessing to his role in a 2007 arson during a job interview this week.
    Zachary T. Yingling, 25, made the admission Tuesday while taking a polygraph test as part of a pre-employment screening process given to law enforcement applicants at the Maryland State Police Barrack in North East, Md., according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch.
    “I’m not sure the exact question that was asked, but usually during these exams applicants are asked if they’ve ever engaged in criminal activity as a way to determine whether someone is fit for a job in law enforcement,” Bouch said. “Obviously in this case the processes worked.”
    The polygraph examiner immediately notified the state fire marshal’s office of Yingling’s comments, which he later repeated to fire investigators, Bouch said.
    Yingling allegedly claimed he and at least one accomplice had set fire to a vacant mobile home at 2950 Old Telegraph Road, south of Chesapeake City, Md., on Oct. 19, 2007.
    The fire caused an estimated $40,000 in damage, but remained unsolved until this week, Bouch said.
    Yingling also reportedly told investigators that the other person who participated in the arson lives in Bear, but claimed he did not know that person’s name or address.
    Yingling is charged with arson, malicious burning and burglary. He later was released on a $20,000 unsecured bond.
    If convicted of all charges, he could face up to 45 years in prison and $55,000 in fines, Bouch said.
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