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Aug 9, 2012 2:34 AM

Internet searches cited in Calif. prof arson case

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - Prosecutors say a University of California professor who wrote emails outlining plans to attack a high school had been searching the Internet for information on guns, fertilizer and auto explosions before his arrest on arson charges.

Orange County prosecutors said Wednesday that UC Irvine pharmaceutical sciences professor Rainer Reinscheid conducted 40 to 60 such Internet searches on his home computer since March, when his 14-year-old son committed suicide after being disciplined at University High School.

Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz says the searches raised authorities' concerns that Reinscheid would follow through on the graphic emails that laid out plans to shoot students, and administrators and burn down the school.

He's currently accused of setting small fires to avenge his son's death and is being held without bail.

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