St. Charles Herald-Guide

Montz man pleads guilty to home arson

By Jonathan Menard - September 19, 2013

A 25-year-old Montz man pled guilty to aggravated arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a home under construction.

Beau Badeaux was sentenced to six years in prison and given five years of active probation. Four years of his sentence were suspended, meaning he will spend two years in jail.Badeaux was arrested in May after authorities were called to the scene of a house fire at 410 Westover Lane in Montz. The home was under construction in an upscale neighborhood off of Evangeline Road and investigators quickly determined that the fire was set intentionally because electricity was not yet connected.

Minutes earlier, two more fires had scorched a pair of uninhabited mobile homes only a few hundred yards behind the house on Westover Lane.

David Ceaser, who owns the home, said the two-story was around 80 percent complete at the time of the May fire.Construction began on Dec. 1, 2012 and Ceaser, who lives in LaPlace, was looking forward to moving back home to Montz.

“Montz is my home,” he said. “My grandfather lived in Montz, my mom lived in Montz and I lived here as a kid.”

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said a witness saw three people near Ceaser’s house before the fire started.

There is a trail behind the home that is often used as a cut through route to get to nearby Hollywood Estates.

Lance LaMarca, arson supervisor for the state Fire Marshal’s Office, said authorities canvassed the neighborhood and the area immediately behind the home for suspects shortly after the fire, but where unable to find those responsible. Two days later, detectives received information that led them to a Montz residence on LA 628. Police executed a search warrant and arrested three people for the arsons.

Badeaux was one of those arrested, along with two teen juveniles. Badeaux was originally charged with three counts of aggravated arson as well as contributing to the delinquency of minors. Those charges were lessened in the plea deal

Court records for the juvenile defendants are sealed.

Montz man pleads guilty to home arson