By Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Cottage Grove man is charged with setting a fire that destroyed the future home of a convicted sex offender.

Fifty-year-old Russell Speigle was charged Thursday with one felony count of arson. Speigle lives near the home, which burned on Feb. 22.

According to the complaint, Speigle bought two gasoline containers about a week before the fire. The complaint says the containers match the type police believe were used by the person who started the fire.

The fire destroyed the house where a 40-year-old sex offender was to live. The house also had sustained $90,000 damage in another fire in December after it was announced the offender would live there.

The Wisconsin State Journal ( ) reports Speigle’s signature bond was continued Thursday. Speigle will return to court on April 6.


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal,

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