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DICKINSON, N.D. — Dickinson police arrested a juvenile early Thursday on a charge of hindering law enforcement in the investigation of Monday’s fire at Trinity High School.

The juvenile was taken into custody at 3 a.m. Thursday at the Law Enforcement Center and shortly thereafter transported to the Youth Correctional Center in Mandan for holding until a juvenile court hearing is conducted, according to a release sent by Dickinson police Detective Kylan Klauzer. The charge he faces is a Class C felony, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

“It’s pretty tight lidded as far as any of the fine details,” Klauzer said.

The Dickinson Police Department does not identify juveniles who are arrested to the media.

Former Trinity High School Principal Thomas Sander is charged with arson and endangering by fire in the case. He is accused of setting fire to contents of a file cabinet in the office vault at the school.

Sander was being held at the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center on $500,000 cash bond.

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