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Ex-UCI professor ordered to trial for OC arsons

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A former University of California, Irvine professor has been ordered to stand trial for a series of fires set at his son's high school and elsewhere after the boy committed suicide.

City News Service reports that a judge ruled Tuesday there is sufficient evidence for 49-year-old Rainer Reinscheid to be tried for nine arson-related felonies and a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer.

Prosecutors say Reinscheid set the fires at University High School, an administrator's home and a park. Authorities believe Reinscheid was upset because his son hanged himself after being disciplined for theft from a school store.

Police also seized emails where Reinscheid expressed fantasies of attacking students and administrators, but no charges were filed for those.

Reinscheid has pleaded not guilty, but will be arraigned again Feb. 11.

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