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

said.

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,

Goard added.

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,

Goard said.

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.