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Teen charged as adult in MV arson case

A 16-year-old is being charged as an adult with one felony count of arson for a March fire that destroyed a Mountain View home on Fordham Way.

According to Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Bret Wasley, police arrested Mountain View resident Brett Dispoto April 30 after investigators determined that he lit a pile of blouses and other clothing on fire in the master bedroom of the home.

Wasley said Dispoto fled the home with two other juveniles without reporting the two-alarm fire, which spread to the ceiling of the master bedroom before engulfing the home in flames.

If convicted, Dispoto faces up to eight years in prison. Wasley noted that charging Dispoto as an adult was based on the seriousness of the crime.

“We believe the series of facts alone will show that (Dispoto) alone lit the fire in the master bedroom,” said Wasley, who noted that Dispoto remained in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The arrest is the latest development in an incident that began in early March when several Mountain View and Los Altos teens began using the home to host multiple alcohol and drug-fueled parties while the homeowners were out of the country, according to police. Police later recovered a 2003 Audi, stolen from the property.

The March 16 fire began during one of the parties, which led police to arrest 16 juveniles and two 18-year-old males, Brandon Pak and Gilbert Gomes, on charges ranging from burglary and child endangerment to providing marijuana to juveniles.

Wasley declined to comment on recent media reports that the DA’s Office is no longer pursuing child endangerment charges against Gomes and Pak.

“All I’m going to say on that is that we are currently reviewing all possible charges,” said Wasley, who added that Dispoto’s next court appearance is scheduled May 22.

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