Tuesday

Church Arsonist Pleads Guilty, But You'll Never Guess Why He Did It

Having been in the church insurance business I know there are a variety of people out there with grudges against churches that can actually provoke them to try and burn the building.  However, this one is unusual even for that crowd:
A Huntington Beach man pleaded guilty Tuesday to arson and other charges for setting three fires at an Irvine church and attempting to set a fourth.

Izad Chavoshan, 32, faces a sentence from Superior Court Judge Craig E. Robison on Aug. 19 ranging from probation to 20 years in prison.

Chavoshan pleaded guilty to three counts of arson, one count of attempted arson and a hate crime sentencing enhancement. He also has a prior strike conviction for criminal threats in 1998.

Prosecutors contended that Chavoshan drove to the Orange County Church of Christ in Irvine on three nights between Oct. 15, 2009, and Oct. 19, 2009, moved trash cans to the front of the church and set them on fire. Church employees reported the fires to Irvine police, who monitored the church Oct. 21, 2009.

Chavoshan returned to the church on that night and repeatedly threw a trash can at the glass portion of the front doors, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney's Office. He then removed a pack of matches from his pocket, lighted a piece of paper and attempted to push it between the closed church doors, prosecutors said.

He was arrested at the scene.
And here comes the reason for his arsonist rage:
Prosecutors said Chavoshan was disgruntled with the church's teachings against masturbation.
Well, he'll have plenty of opportunity to contemplate that issue in the state prison.