Professor's secret life has him on the run
The students in Stephen J. Kinzey's classes at Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) are witnessing the practical application of kinesiology. Kinzey's current field work in fugitive kinetics has drawn the attention of California's law enforcement community as they seek to interview the elusive professor of kinesiology about his alleged involvement in a drug trafficking ring.
Until recently Professor Kinzey was a well-respected and tenured member of the CSUSB faculty, but Kinzey's secret life as chapter president of the Devil's Diciples Motorcycle Club was discovered during an investigation into biker gang activities. The Contra Costa Times reports:
Deputies launched the "Devil's Professor" investigation six months ago while engaged in a separate probe into outlaw biker clubs.
They said they found that Kinzey, 43, a chapter president for the motorcycle club, The Devil's Diciples, was also the head of a methamphetamine trafficking operation that distributed pounds of the drug weekly in Highland, San Bernardino, Redlands and Mentone.
Investigators reportedly seized more than a pound of meth, firearms, brass knuckles and other items from his home.
The District Attorney's Office has charged 11 people, including Kinzey, with drug trafficking and conspiracy.
When reached for comment by the Los Angeles Times, Stephen's father Hank Kinzey of Rochester Hills, Michigan was stunned by the allegations.
"My son is a Christian. He's a good father of a good little girl," the elder Kinzey said. "My son doesn't drink. My son doesn't smoke. I don't get it. He's a Ph.D."
Hank Kinzey said he went on a motorcycle ride with his son just a month ago in Michigan. He conceded having some concerns when his son told him years ago that he had joined a "motorcycle club."
"I was surprised that he joined that club lifestyle, but he always kept it away from work," Hank Kinzey said.
Mr. Kinzey also said that he wasn't happy about his son's involvement in the Devil's Diciples, but remarked "College professor by day, biker by night. But he's still Stephen. He's a good young man."
Kyle Cantrell a third year student at CSUSB talked about the professor being referred to as a "bad-ass" by other faculty members, but by and large the students, friends and neighbors who were acquainted with Kinzey expressed shock when informed of the allegations.
Eventually the true identity of every person is revealed to the world, no public deception can be maintained indefinitely.