California golf coach facing molestation charges
A popular golf coach in Northern California has been charged
with child molestation after allegedly sexually assaulting multiple
boys during a three-year period, authorities said.
Andrew Michael Nisbet, of Livermore, did not enter plea on
Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court after he was charged with
65 felonies, including lewd acts with a child and oral copulation
of a child.
He was arrested Saturday while he was working at the Las Positas
Golf Course in Livermore, about 40 miles east of San Francisco,
said Officer Steve Goard, a Livermore police spokesman.
Nisbet is a well-respected golf instructor and his arrest came a
day before he was to receive the PGA’s Northern California Section
2013 Junior Golf Leader Award for his work with young golfers,
Goard said. The charges against Nisbet mostly stem from allegedly
sexually assaulting two boys between the ages of 12 and 17 from
2009 to 2012, Goard said.
”(Nisbet) created this coach-athlete bond with these young men
and gave them rides to and from practice and bought them
top-of-the-line golf equipment,” Goard said Wednesday. ”He
clearly used that to his advantage. He had pretty evil intentions
and he exercised them.”
During an interview with investigators shortly after his arrest,
Nisbet admitted to some of the lewd acts on his students, Goard
Nisbet’s attorney, Timothy Rien of Livermore, did not
immediately return a call for comment on Wednesday.
Nisbet allegedly performed oral sex with the students in his
home and his car while showing them pornography on his computer and
mobile devices, Goard said. Other acts allegedly occurred in the
golf course’s parking lot and during out-of-town golfing trips,
When the victims made efforts to stop Nisbet’s alleged abuse,
the perks stopped, Goard said. Police learned about Nisbet after
one of his golf students reported the alleged incidents last month,
Since Nisbet’s arrest, investigators have discovered a third
alleged victim and possibly a fourth, Goard said. Nisbet has also
trained students in Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi and North
Carolina, Goard said.
Nisbet is being held in jail without bail and is due back in
court on Jan. 15, Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Teresa
Drenick said Wednesday.