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A University of California professor was arrested after police claimed they found emails detailing his plan to burn down his son’s former high school and kill students and administrators.Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, a 48-year-old associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at UC’s Irvine campus, allegedly came up with his plan in March after his 14-year-old son hanged himself, NBC News reported Wednesday.
Before his most current arrest, Reinscheid was reportedly arrested and released on July 24 when police found him lighting newspapers on fire in Mason Park Preserve.
He was arrested again a few days later when detectives allegedly found incriminating emails on his mobile phone plotting to “burn down University High School, commit sexual assaults, purchase firearms and kill school officials and students, before killing himself,” NBC News reported.
The controversy began when his son hanged himself at the park preserve following being disciplined at University High School for stealing. However, a fellow student speculated the boy committed suicide because he was bullied, NBC reported.
Reinscheid has been charged with five felony counts of arson as well as one misdemeanour charge of resisting or obstructing an office, according to NBC News.
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