No bail has been set for Henry John Germain, the director of tennis programs at Castlewood Country Club, who was arrested Monday on charges of alleged child molestation.
Appearing at an arraignment before Judge Hugh Walker Wednesday afternoon at the Pleasanton courthouse, the district attorney said he wanted to be conservative and not allow Germain's release, adding that the victims reported sexual abuse that took place on a daily basis, potentially "hundreds" of times.
Germain, a 62-year-old Dublin resident, was formally charged with eight counts of lewd behavior on minors, some with a child under the age of 14. The Alameda County Sheriff's office reports that numerous molestation incidents occurred between 1995 and 1999, although the judge said some could have occurred up to 2001.
Several times during Germain's arraignment the judge stressed the seriousness of the felony charges, adding that they are also considered violent, involving foreign objects. Germain spoke before the judge in the courtroom, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, and appeared stoic.
According to the county sheriff's report, some of the victims informed the Castlewood Country Club of the previous molestations so that management could take employment action against Germain. That led the sheriff's department to begin their investigation late last week, ending with Monday's arrest.
Two women are reported as the victims in the charges, although officials have said there's a good possibility that there may be more. The victims are reportedly children of club members. Jerry Olson, general manager of the Castlewood Country Club, said the club's reaction is "one of great disappointment and concern for the families of the victims."
"This is obviously not what our club stands for," he said.
Germain, worked at Castlewood for 16 years, where he taught juniors and adults tennis as the club's tennis professional. Prior to that, he worked at the Pleasanton ClubSport. Olson declined to comment on whether Germain was still employed with the club, saying that any actions would be premature.
"We are going to let the legal process take its course," he said.
Olson, who has served as general manager for just over a month, said he doesn't believe they will change hiring policies as a result of this incident.
"We have a pretty extensive hiring background check," he said. "We're pretty confident with our processes as they stand."
At the Wednesday arraignment, Germain said the lawyer he has contacted for representation was on vacation and was unable to contact any others. The judge scheduled a plea hearing for this morning. It's possibility it will be postponed if Germain is not able to secure legal representation.
Prior to the Wednesday hearing, people who know Germain gathered around the courthouse and shared words of shock and disbelief. Close friends and family of the suspect declined when asked to comment on the allegations.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the case are encouraged to contact detectives. Victim information is kept confidential. The anonymous tip line is 510-667-3622.
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