[UPDATED with Judge Denying Bail:] Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, UCI Professor, Held for Fires and Threats of Murders and Sex Crimes

Related story: Was the Son of Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, UCI Professor Held for Threats and Arsons, Bullied?

See Update No. 3 on judge denying bail for
Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, his arraignment being delayed and other details.

See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on the University High School infraction that apparently led to the suicide of the UCI professor's son and the charges pending against the academic.

See Update No. 1 at the end of this post on University High School's statement on today's arraignment.

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ORIGINAL POST, JULY 31, 2:53 P.M.: UC Irvine professor Rainer Klaus Reinscheid received a $60,000 Young Investigator's Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression to study "[a] novel neuropeptide system in limbic thalamocortical structures and its role in schizophrenia." But it's what is going on inside the mind of the 48-year-old that concerns local law enforcement, which wants Reinscheid held without bail for allegedly committing a series of arsons, writing e-mails threatening to murder high school students and administrators and posing "a serious threat to the community if released from custody."

You've got to wonder what the hell is going on with bright, successful parents in milquetoast Irvine. Husband and wife attorneys Kent and Jill Easter were recently charged with planting a bag containing Vicodin, Percocet, marijuana and a used pot pipe in the vehicle of a volunteer at their kid's Irvine elementary school. Upset with the woman's supervision of their boy, the couple's alleged weak-sauce plot to get her prosecuted--after their suit against the volunteer was tossed by a judge in 2010--came apart, and they are now looking at possible prison time.

Kent Wycliffe Easter and Jillianne Bjorkholm Easter, Attorney Couple, Allegedly Planted Drugs on School Volunteer

Of course, the stakes a much higher in the case of Reinscheid--all around--as the professor's undoing is blamed on his 14-year-old son being disciplined at Irvine's University High School in March and then committing suicide in the nearby Mason Park Preserve.

Reinscheid is accused of beginning to exact his revenge between the Fourth of July just past and early last Tuesday, July 24, when he was arrested.

During that span, he allegedly committed five arsons and one attempted arson "by lighting various objects on fire including newspapers, fireplace logs, brush and vegetation, a book, and a plastic porch chair" at Uni High, Mason Park Preserve and at a school administrator's home, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA). Various media accounts say it was the home of the principal. Note: A district official says below it was an assistant principal's home.

Around 12:40 a.m. on July 24, Reinscheid is accused of trying to start a fire in Mason Park Preserve using newspaper and lighter fluid, but what he did not know was Irvine Police officers had increased park patrols due to the recent arsons. Confronted by cops, Reinscheid allegedly refused to comply and tried unsuccessfully to resist his arrest, according to the OCDA, which notes the professor later that day posted $50,000 bail and was released from custody.

However, the Irvine Police investigation continued . . .


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