East Bay Baseball Coach Pleads Not Guilty In Molestation Case
MARTINEZ (CBS/AP) — An East Bay high school baseball coach has pleaded not guilty to charges he molested three children.
Joel Kaufman entered his plea in a Contra Costa County courtroom on Tuesday.
The 52-year-old Kaufman has been charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors, including lewd and lascivious acts on a child younger than 14. He is accused of molesting one teen boy and secretly filming another in a bathroom.
Prosecutors say Kaufman abused a third boy in the late 1980s.
Kaufman is currently under electronic home arrest after posting $325,000 bail last month.
Kaufman was recently coach of a San Jose-based travelling high school-aged baseball club and previously coached at Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School, where he led the team to five league titles.
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