Defense begins for former Chula Vista teacher accused of child molestation

John Raymond Kinloch

John Raymond Kinloch, 41, is charged with molesting two young boys. He teaches first grade at Wolf Canyon Elementary School in Chula Vista.

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — The defense in the trial of a former Chula Vista teacher accused of child molestation began presenting its case Friday.

John Kinloch is accused of molesting five boys and using child pornography to get boys to expose themselves online.

A teacher at Wolf Canyon elementary, 43-year-old 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’s defense arguments took a much more subdued tone than Wednesday, when his accusers testified.

The defense poked holes in the digital evidence and spoke to people who worked at Kinloch’s schools.

“I guess I can’t say with 100 percent certainty…no,” said an FBI agent.

During Kinloch’s trial, his defense attorney Kerry Armstrong told the jury his client is guilty of possessing child pornography along with two counts involving a sexual relationship with a boy from 90’s. Armstrong even admitted Kinloch solicited naked photos from three other boys online while posing as a young girl, but said the conduct doesn’t match the elements of child molestation.

“So that’s a little bit over 4 months right? Yeah. That’s a pretty big mistake. Right? A big discrepancy I should say,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong worked Friday to discredit the digital forensic evidence presented against his client.

“If you look really close, does there appear to be any writing again on the bottom right hand corner? Yes. Okay, I’m just going to ask you some questions about that,” Armstrong said.

When questioned, former colleagues who worked day in and day out with John Kinloch did not recall any issues.

“If you had seen something that you had thought was suspicious with Mr. Kinloch and a child would you remember that? Absolutely. Would you have reported that? Absolutely. But you don’t remember anything like that? No.”

Trial resumes Monday afternoon. The defense tells us they will likely cross examine a few more fellow teachers and say closing arguments are likely.

If convicted, Kinloch faces up to 430 years to life in state prison.

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