South Bay teacher accused of molesting a second boy, faces 12 more charges

Prosecutors allege victim was under the age of 14

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A South Bay elementary school teacher accused of possessing child pornography to get boys to expose themselves online is now charged with molesting two victims, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

John Raymond Kinloch, 41, was charged in December with molesting a former student, then charged Tuesday with 12 counts of committing a lewd act on a child involving a second boy, said Deputy District Attorney Enrique Camarena.

A 10News law enforcement source said the second boy, now 13 years old, is from Southern California but not one of Kinloch's students.

Kinloch faces 66 years in state prison if convicted of 32 charges, including one count of possession of child pornography. A preliminary hearing is scheduled April 11.

Kinloch, a first-grade teacher at Wolf Canyon Elementary in Chula Vista, 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.

The 10News source said investigators seized Kinloch's computer and found hundreds of videos from boys all over the country on it.

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.

Kinloch's San Ysidro neighbors were shocked to hear about the new accusations.

"It's across the street from my house," said neighbor Benita Puente. "My kids were that age while all this is going on … That just kills me that that could have happened in this day in age because of the fact that we have all these background check and everything."

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, the Reader reported.

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