A former Chula Vista elementary school teacher accused of molesting five boys has received a new trial date of Nov. 10 after the prosecutor was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to be a judge.
The appointment of Enrique Camarena to the San Diego Superior Court bench may not be related to the trial delay as the attorney for John Raymond Kinloch, 43, had planned to seek a delay.
Kinloch was to have stood trial Aug. 25 in Chula Vista Superior Court but it was moved to Nov. 10. Defense counsel had sought delays before as he has a number of other cases in trial. The new prosecutor is Harrison Kennedy.
Kinloch has pleaded not guilty to 35 counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts, attempted lewd acts with underage boys and one count of possession of child pornography. He was arrested Dec. 5, 2012, and remains in jail on $1.9 million bail.
Kinloch taught a first grade class at Wolf Canyon Elementary School before his arrest. The first victim was a former student from Kinloch’s class, but he is now an adult and testified against him in a 2013 preliminary hearing.
Two teenagers also testified against Kinloch and a customs agent testified about the other two victims without them having to enter the courtroom. The other four victims were not former students of Kinloch.
If he’s convicted, Kinloch faces a maximum term of 430 years to life if sentenced consecutively. The child porn charge stems from Kinloch’s possession of photos and videos of boys that were found in his San Ysidro home.