Justin Casquejo, teen who climbed 1 World Trade Center, sent to youthful offenders program

Sixteen-year-old Justin Casquejo was arrested at 6 a.m. Sunday at 1 World Trade Center, the nation's tallest building, and was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, police said. Facebook via CBS New York

NEW YORK - A teenager who climbed to the top of 1 World Trade Center will be assessed in a program for youthful offenders.

A judge on Wednesday ordered Justin Casquejo to return to court April 30. He and his lawyer declined comment outside court.

The 16-year-old from Weehawken, N.J., was arrested last month. Authorities say he was dressed like a construction worker when he squeezed through a hole in a fence at about 4 a.m. and took an elevator to the spire.

Casquejo was only caught and questioned after spending more than an hour at the top of the building, reports CBS New York.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey owns the site. It says it's reassessing security.

Three other people parachuted from the building in September.

Police said the thrill-seekers also squeezed through a hole in a fence and climbed 104 flights of stairs before leaping from the tower.

The 1,776-foot skyscraper is the nation's tallest building. It was built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks.

The tower is scheduled to open later this year.

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