Police Officer Accused of Setting Fire to Captain's Home

The captain's wife, two children and elderly mother were home at the time of the fire

Friday, May 24, 2013  |  Updated 8:48 AM EDT
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Police Officer Accused of Torching Captain's Home

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An Edison police officer has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to the home of his police captain and his family.
 
The Middlesex County prosecutor and Monroe Township police say Officer Michael Dotro was charged Thursday with aggravated arson and five counts of attempted murder for a Monday fire at the Monroe Township home of Edison Police Capt. Mark Anderko.
 
Anderko, his wife, two children and 92-year-old mother were home at the time of the fire, but weren't injured.
 
Officials say an investigation determined the fire had been intentionally set and caused extensive damage to the two-story, colonial-style home.
 
The 35-year-old Dotro, of Manalapan, who has been an Edison police officer for nine years, was being held on $5 million bail. It wasn't clear Thursday if he had an attorney.

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