Andrew Nisbet
Andrew Nisbet (Livermore Police Department)

PLEASANTON -- A nationally recognized junior golf instructor and former Livermore golf pro will have to answer to 75 counts of child-molestation when he returns to court next month, including new accusations of sexual abuse involving a third alleged victim and child pornography.

Clad in a red prison jumpsuit, Andrew Nisbet, 31, appeared in Alameda County Superior Court on Wednesday with his attorney to hear details of his further arraignment on 11 additional charges. An amended complaint filed Jan. 14 accuses Nisbet of multiple lewd acts with a 14-year-old male between 2007 and 2008, possession or control of child pornography, and sending harmful matter. His arraignment was continued to Feb. 20.

In December, prosecutors charged Nisbet with 65 felony counts stemming from allegations of sexual abuse by two minor male golf students, one as young as 12. One count was subsequently dropped.

Nisbet is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

According to Livermore police, when Nisbet was arrested Dec. 7, he admitted sexually abusing the third alleged victim. According to a police report, the unnamed male claimed Nisbet touched him inappropriately and showed him pornography multiple times. A police search of Nisbet's belongings turned up a CD containing videos depicting nude male children engaged in sexual acts, a police report states.

Nisbet's attorney Timothy Rien declined to comment on the case.


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Nisbet was formally director of golf instruction at the Las Positas municipal golf course in Livermore, where he ran the GRIP Junior Golf Academy, a successful golf development program for youth and adults. He devised the program in 2002 while living in Michigan. According to the GRIP website, the school has helped 3,500 youths improve and more than 85 junior golfers obtain college scholarships.

Nisbet also has ties to young golfers nationally and worldwide through the Junior PGA and as a coach with U.S. Kids Golf, which provides instruction and equipment to young golfers nationwide. In 2012, the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation recognized Nisbet as a "Top 50 Master Teacher."

Nisbet also directed the U.S. Kids Golf (USKG) Bay Area Tour, a series of one-day tournaments for children ages 5 to 14. He was to receive the Northern California Section of the PGA's 2013 Junior Golf Leader Award until he was arrested.

Livermore police said the investigation is ongoing, and detectives continue to interview children and parents, said Officer Steve Goard. He said the department has gotten calls about possible other victims from police in Alabama and Michigan, two states where Nisbet taught classes.

"There could easily be more, but we're ironing things out and getting kids interviewed," Goard said. "If people want to remain anonymous, they're certainly more than welcome to do that. Hopefully, people will understand that the process isn't as scary as it sounds."

When asked about the potential for more victims being added, lead prosecutor and Alameda County deputy district attorney Edward Vieira-Ducey said "It's always possible."

Breaking news reporter Erin Ivie contributed to this report. Contact Jeremy Thomas at 925-847-2184. Follow him at Twitter.com/jet_bang.