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Arson suspect arrested for separate charge

Friday, February 27, 2009

Daniel T. Kopacz
A Terre Haute man allegedly involved in setting fire to a Clay City home in October 2008 was arrested again Thursday.

According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, Daniel T. Kopacz, 28, Terre Haute, was arrested when he allegedly violated a no contact order with the homeowner by breaking into an undisclosed southern Clay County residence the person is currently living at.

The no contact order was established after Kopacz admitted to authorities his involvement in the fire that destroyed a residence located at 710 Nye St., Clay City, on Oct. 22, 2008.

Kopacz was formally charged with a class B felony arson, class B felony burglary of a residence and one count of resisting law enforcement.

Before Thursday's incident, Kopacz was out on bond awaiting further court proceedings and a jury trial was scheduled in the matter for June 8, 2009.

However, Kopacz was arrested Thursday afternoon and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on a cash bond of $50,000 (no 10 percent allowed).

The Clay County Prosecutor's Officer has reviewed the case and filed formal charges of class D felony residential entry, class B misdemeanor criminal mischief and class a misdemeanor invasion of privacy charges in Clay Circuit Court.

Kopacz requested indigent counsel be appointed by Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout and defense attorney Geoffrey Creason was assigned the case. A not guilty plea was entered on Kopacz behalf on the new charges and a separate jury trial was tentatively scheduled for June 8.

Finding the standard bond in this case was not sufficient, the court ruled Kopacz' bond would remain the same.

No information is available regarding if there will be formal charges filed against Kopacz stemming from any violations of the terms of his bond release on the previous case.

Due to the nature of the ongoing investigation, officials confirm further details and the victim's identification are being withheld to protect the integrity of the case.

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