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Teenager who climbed 1 World Trade Center tower, prompting security scrutiny, pleads guilty

A teenager who made a surreptitious climb to the top of the 1 World Trade Center tower has pleaded guilty in an escapade that fanned concerns about security at the nation's tallest building.

Justin Casquejo (cahs-KAY'-oh) admitted Wednesday he broke a New York City misdemeanor law against scaling tall buildings without permission. He's expecting a sentence of 23 days of community service.

His lawyer has declined to comment.

The 16-year-old climbing enthusiast from Weehawken, New Jersey, was arrested in March on his way down the unfinished skyscraper at the heart of the security-conscious site.

Court papers say he slipped through a small gap in a construction fence and then used a ladder, scaffolding, elevators and stairs to scale the 1,776-foot-tall tower early on March 16.

The trade center's owner has made security changes.

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