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UC Irvine professor pleads not guilty to arson

UCI professor Rainer Klaus Reinscheid was charged with arson in connection to fires at his son's former high school, at a park and a home of one of the school's administrators. Investigators said they discovered emails by Reinscheid detailing plans to buy guns, burn down the high school, commit sexual assaults, murder students and school officials and then kill himself.

August 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A University of California, Irvine professor accused of setting a series of arson fires that targeted his late son's high school and administrators, pleaded not guilty to arson charges on Wednesday.

Investigators said Rainer Reinscheid, 48, emailed his wife detailing plans to burn down University High School in Irvine and then kill school officials and students.

Reinscheid's 14-year-old son committed suicide earlier this year after being disciplined by the school for allegedly stealing from a campus store.

A judge on Wednesday ordered Reinscheid to remain in custody without bail.

"There is a substantial likelihood that he would carry out these threats if he's released. He has done the legwork. He has done the homework. He has the information necessary to carry out his plan," said Judge Karen Robinson.