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Parolee charged in arson fire at Catholic church

Gregory Yusuke Shiga was charged with a 2011 arson fire at a Hacienda Heights church.A 34-year-old parolee was charged Wednesday with torching a Hacienda Heights Catholic church, authorities said.

Gregory Yusuke Shiga allegedly broke into John Vianney Catholic Church after midnight April 16, 2011, and ignited a blaze with a flammable material, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

The fire caused more than $6.5 million in damage.

Shiga is on parole and was arrested Monday at his home in Los Angeles, the Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

The department did not say why Shiga was on parole, but online booking records show that he served time at a state prison in Delano.

The criminal complaint was filed after a yearlong investigation by the Sheriff's Department, FBI, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Shiga was being held without bail Wednesday at County Jail, according to online booking records.

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Photo: Gregory Yusuke Shiga. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

 
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