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Teen Arrested After Setting Fire in Bedroom of Judge Rotenberg Home on Park St. in Stoughton

A 17-year-old patient at a Judge Rotenberg home on Park St. in Stoughton was arrested after allegedly setting a fire in the closet of a bedroom Thursday afternoon.

A patient at a Judge Rotenberg home on Park St. in Stoughton was arrested after allegedly setting a fire in a bedroom there late Thursday afternoon.

The fire was relatively small, caused a minimal amount of damage and resulted in no injuries, Stoughton Fire Captain Scott Breen said.

Redell Culler, 17, was charged with arson of a dwelling; vandalizing property; and two counts of assault and battery, according to the Stoughton Police log.

The Stoughton Fire and Police Departments both responded to the incident, which occurred shortly before 4 p.m. on October 4 at the facility located at 1115 Park St.

Breen said the incident is "still an active investigation" but a patient appears to have intentionally started the fire.

There are seven staff members and seven patients at the Park St. home, although only five patients were present at the time of the fire, according to Breen.

When the fire department arrived, Breen said there was light smoke showing and there were "multiple interactions" between residents and staff members on the front lawn.

The fire was contained to a closet in a bedroom located in the front corner of the house. Breen said there were not a lot of contents to be burned in the closet other than a small amount of clothing and some blankets.

Police recently responded to this same property after a teenaged patient at the home incited a riot there on August 4.

According to an August 6 About Town Article:

The Judge Rotenberg Center, founded by Dr. Matthew Israel, is a Canton-based school for special-needs children with developmental, emotional or behavior disorders. It is headquartered at 240 Turnpike Street in Canton. It has been in the spotlight over the past decade for the controversial shock-therapy treatments practiced at the facility. The Center owns group homes in local communities, including the one on Park Street in Stoughton.

michd October 05, 2012 at 07:55 PM
He’s better off behind bars then in that abusive enviornment. Based on the countless reports over the years and their very own admission that they “shock” their students/patients, this was the 17 years old’s cry for help. At least he’ll be in a cell, getting three meals and not treated like an animal in that home. Do an online search about this home and many would be surprised to read what actually takes place there. I just wish the Police would help these kids get out of there rather then return them back to the same house after these kinds of things occur. Someone has to be able to help these kids.
George Deabold October 06, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Well, it looks like some of the students in the care of JRC are starting to fight back ! Such may be the case when people are abused in state funded horror houses. I suggest getting the children and adults out and start roasting some marshmallows !!!!
michd October 06, 2012 at 11:07 PM
The problem is that the students "try" to fight back but then they get arrested and then returned to their same abusive home, JRC only to be mistreated again and NO ONE listens to their cries for help. There was a nationwide report about the JRC (either on Dateline or 20/20) and still after the horrific information that came out, no one is doing anything to help these kids. SO SAD.
Vincent Le Sable October 14, 2012 at 05:31 AM
These kids don't need to be criticised only,but they also need help.
Jennifer Sharpe January 13, 2013 at 07:34 AM
I totally agree. The House of Horrors. Surely electric shocks to already fragile children and young adults is the opposite of what you should be treating them like.
Jsc February 19, 2013 at 08:21 PM
None of you know what your talking about. You all need to get all your facts straight before making negative comments about JRC. None of them at this home were on the shock therapy treatment. They clearly have behavioral problems so this why they were placed at JRC. Why do they keep coming back? Because no other center can handle them. JRC is their last resort before they get put in jail! JRC has done nothing wrong but help. As I read all your comments I cant help but laugh because you are idiots!! Get your facts straight!

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