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Teen due for sentencing in trade center climb

September 3, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A teenager who sneaked to the top of the 1 World Trade Center tower is set to be sentenced to community service for a climb that fueled security concerns at the nation's tallest building.

Justin Casquejo (cahs-KAY'-oh) is due Wednesday in a Manhattan court. He pleaded guilty in July to breaking a city misdemeanor law against scaling tall buildings without permission. He was promised a sentence of 23 days of community service.

The 1,776-foot tower isn't open yet.

Court papers say the 16-year-old from Weehawken, New Jersey, slipped through a small gap in a construction fence, then used a ladder, scaffolding, elevators and stairs to climb the skyscraper. He was arrested after encountering a security guard on his way down.

The March 16 episode prompted security changes at the building.

 
 

 

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