Lawyer was wearing ankle monitor when he allegedly set ex's home on fire; brazen crime caught on camera
BATON ROUGE - A Texas-based lawyer is accused of repeatedly violating a protective order by harassing the mother of his child in a troubling pattern of behavior that culminated in him allegedly setting her home on fire.
According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, 30-year-old Christian King set the door of the Southmoor Drive home on fire. Firefighters were able to put out the flames before the fire caused significant damage, but the homeowner, Breanna Jones, said the fire caused thousands of dollars in damages.
Video from Jones' surveillance system clearly showed a man walking up to the home, pouring gasoline on the door and the front porch, lighting it with a match and walking away as the front of the home burst into flames.
Jones said this isn't the first time King has displayed destructive behavior towards her. She alleges King violated a protective order when he showed up and slashed the tires on her and her mother's vehicles.
A report from the Assured Supervision Accountability Program, revealed that King had repeatedly violated the victim's "stay away" zone in recent weeks, including the morning that Jones' home was set on fire.
Jones also said King has made multiple threats against her and her family, adding that she was, and is still, afraid for her child's life.
"The emotional damage is irreversible," Jones wrote in a Facebook post.
ASAP wrote in its report that King had violated the protective order on at least seven different occasions since Dec. 16.
King was arrested Sunday and booked for simple arson, violation of protective orders, and simple criminal damage to property. He also faces separate charges in Orleans Parish.
He was due to appear in Baton Rouge court Wednesday, but that appearance was pushed to Friday after King claimed he was not able to contact his attorney to inform him about the hearing.
The State Bar of Texas, where he is licensed to practice law, says any impact on his license there would likely depend on the outcome of his criminal case.
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