Updated at 4:40 p.m. June 3, 2015
A former Chula Vista first-grade teacher was convicted Wednesday of molesting a former student and three other boys he met on the Internet.
A jury, however, after one day of deliberations, acquitted 43-year-old John Raymond Kinloch of molesting a fifth boy.
The defendant, who was convicted of 33 of 36 counts, including child molestation and possession of child pornography, faces more than 400 years to life in prison when he is sentenced July 24.
Defense attorney Kerry Armstrong said Kinloch has some good legal issues on appeal regarding evidence that should not have been introduced at trial and other matters.
Armstrong said Kinloch has remorse for what happened, but denies molesting his former student.
Then a teacher at Wolf Canyon Elementary, Kinloch was arrested in November 2012 after agents from the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched his home in San Ysidro.
Kinloch was released on bail but re-arrested a week later after an investigation showed that the educator, while posing as a girl on a website called “MeetMe,” persuaded boys to disrobe during live one-on-one webcam interactions.
Kinloch was originally charged only with molesting the former student, but that number eventually grew to five boys.
Deputy District Attorney Harrison Kennedy said the molestations took place over a 14-year period, from 1996 to 2012.
— City News Service
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