Des Allemands man sentenced to 7 years for Matherne Drive arson
Alan Lancaster, who also lived on Matherne Drive, was arrested two weeks after the arson occurred, but for an unrelated offense. A witness told police that Lancaster was seen masturbating near a neighbor’s window. When a deputy arrived, he said he saw Lancaster climb naked into one of his home’s windows.
He has been in jail since that time.
Almost a year after his arrest for indecent exposure, detectives say they were able to connect Lancaster to an arson that occurred shortly before he was seen wandering naked down the street.
Police originally believed that a fire that burned down a shed and spread to a home attic in May 2012 was due to electrical problems. Further investigation revealed that it was arson, Capt. Pat Yoes, spokesman with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, said.
Near the burned shed, deputies found a red lighter and several window screens. Those items were linked to a peeping Tom incident that happened on Matherne Drive shortly before the fire.
Lancaster was the prime suspect in that case.
When detectives questioned Lancaster about the arson last December, they say he admitted to setting the fire.Lancaster pled guilty to one count of simple arson and aggravated arson last week and received a seven-year sentence. Earlier this year, Lancaster pled guilty to public masturbation and was sentenced to three years in prison.
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