Sources say South Bay teacher in child porn case arrested, accused of child molestation

John Kinloch re-arrested Wednesday

SAN DIEGO - Law enforcement sources told 10News a South Bay teacher arrested last week on suspicion of child pornography possession has been arrested a second time following a former student's accusation of molestation.

John Kinloch, 41, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at his San Ysidro home on suspicion of 11 counts of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under age 14, sources told 10News.

A local teen told authorities that he saw on the news that Kinloch was arrested and decided to come forward. He claimed was molested by the teacher several times at Feaster Charter School in Chula Vista from 2004-2009, with some, if not all, of the incidents occurring on school property, sources said.

Kinloch's bail for his second arrest was set at $1.5 million, sources said.

"That's shocking. There are no words for it," said Samantha Ariza, whose son is in the first grade at Feaster Charter School. "We would like some answers as a parent, what parent wouldn't? How can that happen?"

"My honest opinion, Jerry Sandusky should have a cellmate …," said parent Edward Brock.

"Our heart goes out to this child. These allegations … are appalling," said Chula Vista Elementary School District Superintendent Francisco Escobado.

Kinloch, a first-grade teacher at Wolf Canyon Elementary School in Chula Vista, was initially arrested last Friday after agents with the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant at his home, according to police. He was released on bail that evening, a jail clerk said.

Authorities began looking into the online activities of Kinloch based on tips received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, SDPD Lt. Anastasia Smith said last week.

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

Detectives have found no evidence that the suspect victimized any pupils who attend classes at his workplace, Smith said.

"There's always that possibility that children could come forward later. At this time, however, we have no information that any inappropriate conduct was occurring at (the) school campus, or as a result of his interactions with his students," Smith said last week.

Kinloch is scheduled to be arraigned for both cases Friday.

Teacher's link to 1998 case

10News learned through print reports that Kinloch was implicated in an international child pornography investigation more than 15 years ago. He agreed to testify against another man in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

But some parents want to know why he was allowed to get a teaching license, which requires a full background check, and having your fingerprints run through the federal database.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing still lists Kinloch's license in good standing, even though he was arrested last week on a new set of charges related to child pornography.

"We are limited by law (Education Code section 44230) concerning the information that we can provide on credential holders to the public," wrote a spokesperson for the commission after numerous inquiries from 10News.

The U.S. Attorney's Office was unable to provide any information about Kinloch's case from 1998.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy released this statement: "Given the transitions in this office since 1998 and the passage of time, we are unable to corroborate or add anything to the story at this time."

10News tracked down the former federal prosecutor who handled Kinloch's case.  Mitchell Dembin is now a federal judge. When 10News reporter Allison Ash visited his chambers, she was told via intercom that the judge did not wish to speak about the case.

It is not known whether Kinloch's name was ever flagged in the federal database. It may be that because he was never prosecuted, his past history fell through the cracks.

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