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Man accused of setting Irvine church on fire over its teachings to appear in court

May 16, 2011 | 11:05 am

A man charged with starting a fire at an Irvine church after he allegedly became disgruntled with its teachings is to appear in court Monday for a pretrial, according to court records.

Izad Chavoshan, 31, of Huntington Beach is charged with three felony counts of arson, with a hate crime sentence enhancement, after allegedly setting trash cans ablaze in front of the Orange County Church of Christ in Irvine on three occasions between Oct. 15 and Oct. 19, 2009, according to an earlier news release from the Orange County district attorney's office.

Chavoshan was arrested Oct. 21, 2009, after allegedly returning to the church to start another fire. He was arrested at the scene. Chavoshan is believed to have disagreed with church teachings after being a member there. He has a prior strike against him for criminal threats in 1998, according to the news release.

Read the full story: Huntington Beach resident faces charges in Irvine church fires

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