Hearing held for Chula Vista teacher accused of molesting boys
John Kinloch faces multiple molestation charges
Last Updated: 95 days ago
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A preliminary hearing began Thursday at the South Bay Courthouse for a Chula Vista elementary school teacher accused of molesting three boys and using child pornography to get boys to expose themselves online.
John Raymond Kinloch, 42, was charged last 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, and two months later was charged with molesting a third boy.
Kinloch faces 450 years to life in state prison if convicted of 38 charges, including one count of possession of child pornography.
A 17-year-old boy, "John Doe 1," was the first to take the stand in Thursday's hearing.
John Doe 1 acknowledge that he was nervous, and when asked to identify his former teacher, he looked down and to the side -- not at Kinloch -- as he pointed.
The teen said Kinloch was his second-grade teacher at Feaster Edison Charter 10 years ago. He told the judge that at age seven, he looked up to Kinloch as a role model.
The teen said he did not have anything to do after school, so he started to stick around after the bell rang.
John Doe 1 claimed that it was on campus where Kinloch started asking him to take his clothes off in the classroom. He claimed he said he did not want to, but Kinloch sighed and seemed to get upset.
"He told me if I truly cared about him I would get naked," John Doe 1 said in court.
He went on in detail about what he claims his former teacher did to him behind closed doors.
As the testimony went on, Kinloch shook his head and took notes.
The boy testified that his relationship with Kinloch went on for several years until about the 8th grade.
"He'd tell me that he loves me and then I'd say it back," John Doe 1 said.
The former student told of trips they took to New York, Los Angeles, to museums and basketball games. He said they would stay together in hotels where he'd be fondled, after initially resisting.
"He'd get irritated and I'd … then I felt like I had to comply," the boy said.
A first-grade teacher at Wolf Canyon Elementary, Kinloch was arrested last 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," 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.
On Friday, a judge will decide if enough evidence was presented for Kinloch to stand trial.
Copyright CNS contributed to this report