A UC Irvine professor whose son committed suicide faces arson charges for allegedly trying to set a series of fires at a high school, park and home, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Rainer Reinscheid, 48, of Irvine allegedly used newspapers, fireplace logs and brush to set fires at University High School, where his late son was a student.
He also allegedly set fires at a school administrator's home and at William R. Mason Regional Park, where his son committed suicide earlier this year, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
In March, Reinscheid's son was disciplined at school and took his life sometime afterward.
Irvine police discovered emails Reinscheid allegedly sent to himself and to his wife detailing a plan to murder school officials and students, commit sexual assaults and burn down University High before killing himself, prosecutors said.
Police first arrested Reinscheid about 12:40 a.m. July 24 at the park where they saw him trying to set a fire using newspapers and lighter fluid, prosecutors said.