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Pleasanton tennis coach arrested for child molestation
Castlewood Country Club head tennis instructor alleged to have abused children he taught under 14 years old from 1995-1999
The head tennis instructor at Castlewood Country Club has been arrested on multiple counts of child molestation and sexual abuse of children under the age of 14, Alameda County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said today.
Henry Germain, 62, of Dublin was arrested at the club without incident on Monday and was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where he is being held on a no-bail arrest warrant, Nelson said.
The multiple victims in the case allege that Germain, who has worked at Castlewood for 16 years, molested them while acting as their tennis coach, Nelson said. The victims were children of club members.
Nelson said the alleged incidents occurred from 1995 to 1999 and came to light when some of the victims approached the club so that club management could take employment action against Germain.
Castlewood officials then contacted the Alameda County Sheriff's office, which conducted an expedited investigation.
Nelson said when sheriff's investigators contacted the alleged victims, they described multiple incidents of abuse by Germain when they were young.
Investigators believe Germain may have also victimized other children and are urging families to come forward if they believe their
children were abused.
Nelson said victims can call an anonymous tip line at 510-667-3622 or contact Sgt. Raymond Kelly at 510-667-3657 or Deputy Rick Gonzales at 510-667-4906.
On its Web site, the club identifies Germain as its "head tennis professional" who teaches players of all levels.
Germain is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Pleasanton courthouse, 5672 Stoneridge Drive.
--Bay City News
— Bay City News Service
Posted by Castlewood Resident,
a resident of Castlewood
on Sep 5, 2008 at 7:25 pm
I am not a blogger, but maybe this will be theraputic in some way. I hope I do not make it too long. I live in Castlewood, I have daughters who have been involved in Henry's clinics, private lessons, and have even visited local tennis tournaments (with other adults) with Henry in his van. My daughters started at the age the suggested victims were when the alleged crimes took place.
I have always been the one that told everybody that Henry Germain was the best thing going in Castlewood. He could make looser shine, he could make those physically gifted true stars, and he could enhance self esteem in all of his students. He could start with a 5 year old and teach him tennis that would enable him to be on the tennis team in high school and excel whether he was able to excel academically, in leadership or in art. Henry had the ability to help children feel good about themselves by learning, achieving, and excelling. Henry could make that child a star in a athletic evironment through his "drop in" clinics. I strongly want to believe that Henry is innocent.
Now. . . is what we are hearing true? I hope not, but I have discussed this with my daughters (who are still young), but old enough to have computers, access web-sites, read blogs, and talk to their friends at middle school, and develop opinions.
This is what they are saying. I really hope Henry is okay. Henry surely is not going to stay in jail is he? What about his Henry's place--who is going to take care of that. Henry would not do those things we have read about. Do you realize, Mom, how good he is with kids and how much time he spends trying to make them even better than they are.
Then I talk. Yes, but sometimes strange things happen. The people we trust have a strange side that may come out only when you are with them. I know you were never at Henry's house, but you were in that back room at the pro shop. What, if Henry, when you were 9 years old touched your underwear--what would you do. "Mom, we knew even in the second grade that it was not right--we would have scooted out of that back room into the pro shop and out the front door if needed. We would have known even at 9 that was not a fun thing to do. Beside that if nobody was there we would have run up the hill to the country club office". In addition to their comments, I never left them at the clinics without checking even on rainey days that the clinic was going to happen and that there were other children there. I never arrived late to pick them up. I never walked down to the pro shop, but I could see them in that window handing out Gummie Bears and sodas to the winners of matches. Everything looked acceptable to me--and it was for my daughters.
Now you know where I am going. As hopeless as I might seem in hoping for the innocence of Henry, I am sorry, but I must ask, If Henry is guilty-- where was the gosh darn parents??? Let me ask the Mothers and fathers. Would you permit your precious 9-12 year old to go to a sleep-over at the home of one of their friends who had a single parent who was a man? I hope you said "NO". Would you drop your child off at the club at 1pm and pick them up at 7 pm, pay for 1 1/2 hour of a clinic, but use the tennis courts as a baby sitter even though it was pouring down rain and nobody was in sight. Would you happily send your child off to tennis tournaments, Austrailia, Arizona with the tennis pro because you worked and did not want to take the time off from work?
Now I know where you are going. That does not give the tennis pro the license to take advantage, abuse, and ruin a childs life--you are right. But, there are responsibilities on both sides.
I pray for the alleged victims, I pray for Henry. I want all to be innocent. I want to "reset" back to a day before all of this happened. We need the help of a superior being to help us through this and I hope he is listening to all of us--the alleged victims, Henry, and those of us who are suffering. I hope he can help all of us.
Posted by Castlewood Resident, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, 18 minutes ago
Let me ask you. If you were the abused, suddenly turned 20, woke up one morning with your brains in tack and decided to report this criminal abuse that had ruined your life would you have gone to the General Manager of the Castlewood Country Club and reported the abuse and asked that the tennis pro be fired OR would you have gone to the police. I think it would have depended on your goal and our parents goal.
Posted by Interested Person, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, 9 minutes ago
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