UC Irvine professor accused in series of arsons at high school

The DA says the alleged arsons and threats of murder were directed at University High School in Irvine, where the man's son went to school.
The DA says the alleged arsons and threats of murder were directed at University High School in Irvine, where the man's son went to school. NBC LA

The Orange County District Attorney is accusing a UC Irvine professor in a series of arsons. The DA says the alleged arsons and threats of murder were directed at University High School in Irvine, where the man's son went to school.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office wants UC Irvine Professor Rainer Reinscheid held without bail.

The DA accuses him of setting fires at his son's high school, a nearby park and the home of an assistant principal.

Irvine police also discovered emails in which the 48-year-old man allegedly detailed plans to kill school officials, students and then take his own life.

He's charged with several felony arson counts and other charges.

The DA says the man was apparently upset his 14-year-old son was disciplined at the school last March. Prosecutors add that the man's son committed suicide at the same Irvine park Reinscheid allegedly tried to burn.

He was arrested last week on felony charges in connection with the fires set at the high school and posted bail. He was rearrested last Friday.

A DA's office spokeswoman says there are no criminal charges filed on the threats since they were in private emails.

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