Chula Vista elementary school teacher now accused of molesting 3 boys

John Kinloch arrested November 30

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A Chula Vista elementary school teacher accused of possessing child pornography to get boys to expose themselves online is now charged with molesting three boys, a prosecutor said Thursday.

John Raymond Kinloch, 41, was charged in December with molesting a former student, then charged in February with 12 counts of committing a lewd act on a child involving a second boy.

Six additional lewd act charges were filed Thursday alleging a third victim, said Deputy District Attorney Enrique Camarena.

Kinloch faces 450 years to life in state prison if convicted of 38 charges, including one count of possession of child pornography. A preliminary hearing is scheduled June 19.

Kinloch, a first-grade teacher at Wolf Canyon Elementary, was arrested Nov. 30 after agents with the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched his home. He was released on bail that evening.

Authorities began looking into the online activities of Kinloch, based on tips received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, San Diego police sex crimes Lt. Anastasia Smith said.

The investigation allegedly showed that Kinloch, while posing as a girl on a website called "MeetMe," had persuaded boys to disrobe during live one-on-one webcam interactions, according to Smith.

Kinloch, who lives in San Ysidro, was re-arrested Dec. 5 on suspicion of child molestation after one of the alleged victims came forward, according to San Diego police.

The accusations against John Doe No. 1 involve sexual contact that allegedly occurred when Kinloch was teaching at Feaster Charter School in Chula Vista, Smith said.

At Kinloch's arraignment in December, Camarena said the first alleged molestation happened in 2004 or 2005, when the student was 8 or 9 years old.

Camarena said the alleged victim, a boy, had a relationship with Kinloch at school and away from school.

Some of the crimes occurred on school grounds, the prosecutor alleged.

School district officials said they were upset that a federal background check on Kinloch failed to turn up his connection to a child pornography case in England in 1998.

District spokesman Anthony Millican said the San Diego Reader published a story in June 1998 that said Kinloch, then a San Diego State student, testified in the trial of a fellow college student accused in child pornography trafficking.

Kinloch was granted immunity and testified that he was attracted to young boys, according to the Reader story.

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