Federalsburg man charged in Grasonville church fire
GRASONVILLE — A Federalsburg man was arrested Thursday, Aug. 18, and charged with setting an October 2015 fire inside a Grasonville church.
According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, its investigation concluded that Eric Tremain Dorman, Jr., 24, of 101 Smith St., Federalsburg, was allegedly responsible for a small fire on Oct. 19 at Bryan’s United Methodist Church in Grasonville.
Dorman was arrested Thursday with the help of the Federalsburg Police Department after a 10-month investigation.
A small fire was reported Oct. 19 in the sanctuary of the church, located at 5608 Main St., where items such as a Bible were set on fire causing $20 of structural damage and $30 of content damage. No one was injured and the fire burned itself out.
Dorman is being held in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center on $250,000 bond and has been charged with attempted second-degree arson, seconddegree burglary, seconddegree malicious burning, fourth-degree burglary and defacing religious property, the fire marshal’s office said.
Another church arson had been reported earlier Oct. 19 in the sanctuary of the Chosen Generation Deliverance Church, 501 Grasonville Cemeter y Road.
The state fire marshal’s office at the time believed both attempted arsons were linked. Matthew Stevens, deputy chief fire marshal, said the office is still waiting for evidence to return from the laboratory to determine if both fires were set by the same person.
Dorman has a preliminary hearing set for Thursday, Sept. 15, in Queen Anne’s County.
This Bible at Bryan’s United Methodist Church in Grasonville was damaged on Oct. 19 in a small fire that authorities have charged and arrested a Caroline County man with setting.