September 3, 2014 3:10 pm

Teen who climbed World Trade Center sentenced to community service

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

NEW YORK – A thrill-seeking teenager who made a daring ascent of the 1 World Trade Center tower has wrapped up his case, with a judge praising him for taking responsibility.

Justin Casquejo was sentenced Wednesday to 23 days of service, which he already completed. He pleaded guilty in July to breaking a city law against scaling tall buildings without permission.

The stunt raised questions about safeguards at one of the nation’s most security-conscious sites.

WATCH: CBS correspondent Michelle Miller explains how the teen climbed the World Trade Center tower.

The 16-year-old from Weehawken, New Jersey, climbed to the top of the nation’s tallest building early on March 16. The 1,776-foot (541-meter)-tall 1 World Trade Center skyscraper isn’t yet open.

Court papers say Casquejo got through a small gap in a construction fence, then used a ladder, scaffolding, elevators and stairs. Authorities say he slipped past an inattentive security guard.

READ MORE: One World Trade Center named as tallest U.S. building

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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