FRONT ROYAL—The two Christendom College students arrested on Sunday for suspected arson at a campus dormitory will have their case heard on April 10 at 1:15 p.m.
Christopher Shanahan, 20, and Ryan Farrell, 23, appeared in Warren County General District Court on Tuesday morning. Shanahan and Farrell’s lawyers — the students are being represented separately — requested that the defendants’ hearing be moved to April in order to give them time to prepare.
Shanahan and Farrell were arrested on Sunday after the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services investigated the fire at Christendom early Thursday morning. When firefighters arrived at the scene, students had evacuated the building and the fire was extinguished.
Fire and Rescue Services asked the Warren County Sheriff’s office to assist in investigating the cause of the fire.
Both students face a list of charges, including burning or destroying property, entering a building with the intention to burn or destroy it and petit larceny.
Shanahan was also charged for underage possession of alcohol.
The extent of the damage is unclear as well as the motivation for the incident. Shanahan and Farrell’s first appearance in court was brief and documents relating to their arrests were not available Tuesday afternoon.
Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico was out of the office and unavailable for comment on the case.
The judge set the defendants’ bond at $2,500 each and allowed both of them to leave the commonwealth. Both students are from Pennsylvania.
It is unclear whether Christendom College is going to allow the men to return to school or take final exams. The court is leaving the college with the decision about whether Shanahan and Farrell can return to the college.