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Teen Who Climbed WTC Allegedly Scales NJ Building

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    Teen Who Climbed WTC Allegedly Scales NJ Building
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    A thrill-seeking teenager who made a daring climb up the World Trade Center's centerpiece tower has been arrested for allegedly trying to scale a building in New Jersey, according to a published report.

    Justin Casquejo is accused of attempting to climb the historic Weehawken water tower, a 175-foot-brick structure, the Jersey Journal reports. He was charged with defiant trespassing and resisting arrest, a source told the paper.

    The teen and two others allegedly jumped a fence and broke into the tower before police arrived, the source said. All three then fled, but Casquejo was caught after a short chase.

    This summer, Casquejo was sentenced to 23 days of community service, a penalty set in a plea agreement for his World Trade Center climb. He already completed the service — plus six extra days — and two sessions of youth counseling.

    The 16-year-old admitted in July to breaking a city misdemeanor law against scaling tall buildings without permission.

    He and his attorney declined to speak at the sentencing, but the judge said Casquejo had submitted a 1,200-word essay explaining what he had learned from the episode.

    "The court is impressed by your sincerity, remorsefulness and willingness to accept responsibility for your conduct," Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Felicia Menin said.

    Growing up in Weehawken, New Jersey, Casquejo developed a yen for scaling precarious structures and for parkour, an extreme sport that combines elements from martial arts, gymnastics and rock climbing, a friend has said.