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Ex-UCI professor pleads not guilty in OC arsons

Posted: June 4, 2013 4:50 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2013 4:50 p.m.
 

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former University of California, Irvine professor has pleaded not guilty to charges he set a series of fires at his son's high school and elsewhere after the boy committed suicide.

City News Service reports that 49-year-old Rainer Reinscheid (RINE-SHYED) entered the pleas Tuesday to nine arson-related felonies and a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer.

Prosecutors say Reinscheid set the fires at University High School, an administrator's home and a park. Authorities believe he was upset because his son hanged himself after being disciplined for theft from a school store.

Police also seized emails where Reinscheid expressed fantasies of attacking students and administrators, but no charges were filed for those.

The next court hearing is set for July.

Reincheid's attorney did not immediately return a call.

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