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Franklin Barrett Sechriest is facing a federal charge. (Austin Fire Department)

An 18-year-old Texas State University student is now facing a federal arson charge following his arrest for setting fire to Congregation Beth Israel. Court documents revealed Monday show the teenager's inner thoughts before and after the fire.

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Franklin Barrett Sechriest, 18, has been arrested in connection with the fire. (Austin Fire Department)

Austin Fire Department arson investigators have arrested an 18-year-old who they believe is connected to a fire at Congregation Beth Israel on Halloween night, causing an estimated $25,000 in damage.

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The synagogue will be closed until damage can be repaired. (Congregation Beth Israel)

The Austin Fire Department is asking for the public's help in locating the suspect in connection to a potential arson case that started on Halloween night at a synagogue.

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