PLEASANTON — A tennis instructor facing 16 child molestation counts has delayed his plea on the charges until next month.
Henry Germain, 62, of Dublin, is accused of molesting six girls he once coached at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.
The alleged victims said they were 9 to 12 years old when the incidents occurred between the late 1990s and2004.
Germain is out of jail on $1.14 million bail and will return to the Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton on Dec. 16 to enter a plea.
Germain was first arrested at the country club Sept. 1.
Alameda County Sheriff's deputies began its investigation Aug. 29 after the agency was forwarded letters written by three women, now in their late teens and early 20s, who said they were abused by Germain when they took lessons there in the late 90s and early 2000s.
After his initial arrest, two more women who said they were victims came forward.
Germain posted $1.08 million bail Sept. 24 but was arrested again after another woman came forward and said he had molested her in 2004. He has since posted the additional $60,000 bail.
During the investigation, deputies found 14 other women who said they were victimized by Germain when he was a tennis instructor in Palm Springs in the 1980s, said Sgt. Ray Kelly.
Those incidents that go back to the early 1980s cannot be charged because of the statute of limitations, Kelly said.
The women, whoever, some who are now in their 40s, could be allowed to testify in the case against Germain.
In some of those cases there were accusations of rape, Kelly said.
Kelly said there were a few reasons why the Southern California women, who all said they were 9 to 12 years old when the suspected molestations occurred, did not go to the authorities then.
He said there wasn't the same amount of public education about child molestation in the 80s as there is now.
Kelly said the Riverside County Sheriff's Department had assigned a detective to the case, who was working jointly with Alameda County investigators.
Kelly encourages anyone with information to call him at 510-667-3657 or Detective Rick Gonzales at 510-667-4906.
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