James Graham, 37, was indicted on arson and burglary charges. He is accused of setting the home of Joanie Yount on fire after she declined his advances on Facebook.
Yount and her 3-year-old son were left homeless.
The arrest was made Dec. 16, 2014. The crime occurred in Frankfort, KY.
"This is one of those tragic situations where somebody is now without a home and for such a minor reason," said Frankfort Police Major Robert Warfel. "It's disturbing."
Warfel said Graham made comments on Facebook about some of Yount's photos.
“She rebuffed those and it's kind of what set this all in motion," he said.
Yount's sister, Samantha Beagle, said there was no relationship between the two. Graham was a friend of a friend. Beagle said her sister is a busy single mother who was not interested in Graham's overtures.
"She doesn't want a relationship. She just wants people to leave her alone. When it comes to stuff like that, either be decent or don't bother her at all," Beagle said.
Police said Graham broke into Yount's home days later. They said he set a box on fire near her bed and then fled. Much of the home was damaged.
Yount and her 3-year-old son are staying with family.
Beagle said it is tough to look at the home, but even harder to imagine what could have happened if her sister and nephew had been home at the time.
"It could have got a whole lot worse. And I just wonder, what if she was in there? What he would have done to her if she was lying in her bed before he set the house on fire?" she said.
While he has been indicted, as of Wednesday evening Graham had not yet been arrested. When he is taken into custody, according to court documents, his bail will be set at $50,000.
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