Former Birmingham police officer Curtis Thornton found guilty of arson

Former Birmingham Police Department officer Curtis Thornton has been found guilty of arson, a jury announced in Jefferson County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon after deliberating for around two hours.

Thornton is convicted of four counts of second-degree arson, one count of second-degree attempted arson and one count of criminal mischief, all Class B felonies in Alabama, in connection to six fires in North Birmingham in 2012.{}

Gina Scaldeferri, a member of Hoover Police Department's Crimes Against Children and Internet Forensics team, testified for prosecutors Tueday that she searched two laptops and a hard drive obtained from Thornton's home for keywords like "arson" and "fire" and said she found a couple news clips about arson in Ensley, as well as a couple of pictures and a video clip about fire from ABC 33/40.

Thornton's ex-fiancee, Bobby Mayfield, also testified for the prosecution, claiming she noticed him drinking alcohol more often and becoming increasingly secretive as fires began occurring around the couple's house. She also said he admitted to starting fires at vacant houses.

Thornton's ex-fiance Bobby Mayfield testifying in his arson trial Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (

"He said him and a couple of buddies would start fires in vacant houses because of vagrants." Mayfield said during her testimony Tuesday.

According to state sentencing guidelines, anyone convicted of second-degree arson must be sentenced to no fewer than two years in prison and no more than 20 years.

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