Verdict in Case of Teacher Accused of Molesting Student in Class

The case stems from John Kinloch's November 2012 arrest in a nationwide child porn investigation

Jurors convicted John Kinloch, a former elementary school teacher on 33 counts of lewd acts with minors under 14.

Kinloch, 41, faced 36 counts of molestation, possession of child pornography and committing a lewd act on a child. 

His defense attorney Kerry Armstrong told jurors his client was guilty of three charges including possession of child porn and two molestation charges involving a 14-year-old boy the defendant met online in the 1990s. There was physical molestation, Armstrong confirmed. 

The other 33 charges involving molestation online do not meet the legal definition, the attorney said.

The only charges jurors acquitted Kinloch of were one count involving John Doe 2 and the two counts involving John Doe 4.

The case stems from Kinloch's November 2012 arrest in a nationwide child porn investigation.

A video was shown in court last week in which Kinloch admits to investigators that he posed as a 13-year-old girl in online chat rooms to get boys to send him nude photos.

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigator testified nearly 2,000 photos and more than 250 videos of child pornography were found on Kinloch’s hard drive.

However, additional charges were filed against him including accusations of lewd acts with students and non-students age 8 to 15.

One alleged victim, identified in court as “John Doe 1”, was a student in Kinloch’s 2nd grade class at Feaster Charter School on Flower Street in Chula Vista.

Kinloch is currently on unpaid leave from the Chula Vista Elementary School District. If convicted on all charges, he faces between 450 years to life in prison.

Kinloch was teaching first grade at Wolf Canyon Elementary School at the time of his arrest. He had passed background checks designed to protect students, according to district officials.

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