[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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Freddy
Freddy

This story begins when Reinscheid’s son took  property.   Punishment was given, without the father first being informed.  A big mistake because the punishment was too great, the boy committed suicide.

 

Because Reinscheid was ONLY INFORMED about the punishment after his kid had committed suicide– this surprised, shocked,  infuriated Reinscheid, even more since he was excluded from participating in his kid's punishment by the school. If included his son would not have died.  His CHOICE TO PARTICIPATE in his son’s punishment was taken from him by the stealth of a predator in this case the Irvine University High School– just like choice is taken from someone who is sexually assaulted from behind!

 

You would be pissed off if the school punished your kid without your knowledge and then your kid committed suicide by hanging themselves from a tree? 

 

THE SCHOOL TOOK  CONTROL AWAY FROM THE FATHER.  If no-one knew of the son’s punishment, if there was no gentle word or support, by taking the family out of the equation - this put the boy at risk!  Some punishment – to be SO ISOLATED that you kill yourself! 

 

More than an eye for an eye, the school bears responsibility for the kid’s suicide. 

 

Most people have not lost a son to suicide,   Anyone not informed about the punishment leading to the kid's demise, may act similarly, if they are not totally docile, or brain dead.

 

The school is  culpable because their action helped Reinscheid's son's death.

 

Reinscheid has shed light that a school must inform the parents about a kid's punishment first, so a kid, a minor can be supported by parents & school with a few words of encouragement and kindness while they fulfill the punishment.

 

Margaret
Margaret

If Rainer Reinscheid wants to sue the school for the loss of his child, (or anyone else in California for that matter)  I trust his lawyer has filed the necessary Government Claim against the school There is only 6 months from the date of death of Reinscheid’s child to FILE THE CLAIM with the Irvine University High School.  If he does not file a government claim he will NOT be able to sue the school!

 

The California Tort Claims Act sets out strict timelines that must be followed when filing a claim against a governmental entity, like Irvine University High School Reinscheid must file a claim for personal injury (that is, one based on death, physical injury, or damage to personal property) within six months of the date of the injury. Gov't Code section 911.2. 

 

january3
january3

this is a bizarre story. The impression given by University High is Reinscheid's son was caught stealing from a student parent store on campus and his punishment was picking up trash, end of story?

Either Reinscheid's son had severe mental illness that caused this incident to devstate him or there is more to this story that the school and Irvine Unified is not willing to tell to the public.

Many students in high school suffer from anxiety, depression, and sometimes psychosis emerges during their teen years, rarely do they commit suicide over a "minor infraction" at school.

Did University High threaten to ruin Reinscheid's son academic reputation thus ruining his chances of getting into a good college ? What other forms of punishment did Irvine Unified inflict or threaten towards Reinscheid's son?

A few years ago, Irvine Unified legally settled with a couple whose son had severe cognitive disabilities and was in a special education class at an Irvine Unified elementary school. The couple's lawsuit claimed that their son's teacher and member of Irvine Unified's special education department refused to care for their disabled son's basic needs unless the couple, the parents of this child, gave them Cartier watches, expensive, designer handbags, paid for vacations at resorts. Both parents were medical doctors and could afford to bribe Irvine Unified's special education staff with expensive gifts in exchange to getting their disabled child's diaper changed while at school and given food and water during his time in the classroom.

camik27
camik27

"...the professor's undoing is blamed on his 14-year-old son being disciplined..."Blame is not the right word to use on a boy who committed suicide.

Adriana Snell
Adriana Snell

PS - There SHOULD BE AN UNLIKE BUTTON ON FB!

Adriana Snell
Adriana Snell

WOW! Scary! WHERE are our kids safe? NOT at school?!! WTF?!

prattleonboyo
prattleonboyo

Apparently, Professor Reinschied's health plan did not include access to mental health facilities. I want to see the drug screen.  Dollars to donuts he was taking anti-anxiety and/or painkiller prescription drugs.  Survey says.....

Peyton Farquhar
Peyton Farquhar

So apparently, Prof. Reinscheid's UCI health ins. plan did not include access to mental health professionals. At least he didn't open fire in a crowded theater.

PalmalaHanderson
PalmalaHanderson

Wow - I feel bad for the guy. If my 14yr old son (my pride and joy) killed himself after being disciplined at school (kids at that age are unpredictable) I think I might go bat shit crazy too.

 

But he obviously had little experience in vandalism, or stealth. Too bad.

Cookies
Cookies

 @PalmalaHanderson Are you saying that its too bad that he got caught? Or too bad that he was not adequate at burning down schools and murdering kids? As a current student in at the school, although I am truly sorry for his son's untimely death, I cannot be more relieved that he was stopped before the more harmful parts of his plan were carried out.

asdfasdf
asdfasdf

 @PalmalaHanderson "Too bad"? Are you saying "too bad" to the fact that he got caught or "too bad" he didn't succeed from "little experience in vandalism, or stealth?" I find your words to be disturbing.

 

Either way, I am truly sorry about what happened to his son, but that can not excuse his actions. This man was planning to burn down the school and hurt/kill innocents. Being a University High School graduate myself, words can not express my relief at the fact that he was caught before he could carry out his horrible plan. I am so grateful that teachers and administrators that I have known or walked past on a daily basis are safe.  

PalmalaHanderson
PalmalaHanderson

 @asdfasdf

 First statement, from the heart.

 

Second statement, sarcasm (You know thiis is the OC Weekly, right?).

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