Ex-Krum quarterback accused of setting fire to school trustee’s home

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A Krum teenager who was detained this month while authorities investigated a rumor that he and a friend planned a “mass shooting” at a homecoming event was in jail Friday, accused of setting fire to the home of a local school board member.

William Casimir Wojciak, 18, a former quarterback on the Krum High School football team, was arrested Wednesday.

Denton County sheriff’s investigators believe that Wojciak set fire to the home of Trustee Donna Hooper as a favor to a friend who once dated Hooper’s daughter.

Numerous guns were reported missing after the fire, and the family dog was so badly burned that it had to be put down, investigators said.

“It had everything to do with a relationship gone bad,” Assistant Deputy Chief Randy Plemons said at a news conference Friday. “I think you’re talking about a boyfriend-girlfriend situation that had gone bad.”

The friend has not been arrested. The investigation, however, was still open Friday, said Sandi Brackeen, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department.

Wojciak came to the attention of authorities Oct. 4 when rumors circulated that the former quarterback and a friend might be “planning a mass shooting at the Krum homecoming,” Brackeen said in a news release.

“Investigators located and detained both subjects for the safety of the community and began an investigation,” she said.

The teens were released, and no charges connected to the rumors have been filed.

But during the investigation, officers learned that Wojciak “had been bragging to people” that he burned down the Hooper home and that “he had burns on his arms,” Brackeen said.

“Investigators followed up on that information, and information from various other sources and interviewed numerous witnesses and established probable cause to arrest Wojciak,” she said.

On Wednesday, deputies went to Wojciak’s home to serve a warrant alleging burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony, which in this case was arson, Brackeen said.

Wojciak at first refused to answer the door but finally cooperated after about 30 minutes, she said.

Deputies said they detected “a strong smell of narcotics,” so they got a search warrant. They later found “a large amount of controlled substances in addition to several guns, drug paraphernalia, pawn receipts, a laptop, and a phone, in Wojciak’s bedroom,” Brackeen said in the news release.

In a phone interview, she said she didn’t know what kind of drugs were found. The firearms included eight “long guns” and a revolver. Investigators are trying to determine whether any of the items were stolen, she said.

“Investigators anticipate additional charges will be filed against Wojciak as the investigation into the arson and now narcotic distribution continue to unfold,” Brackeen said.

Denton County records show Wojciak was arrested in January on suspicion of “credit card or debit card abuse,” and in August, he was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

Wojciak was released on bail in both cases, the records show.

He was in the Denton County Jail on Friday night with bail set at $300,000.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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