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Germain's case continued again

Accused child molester to enter a plea Dec. 16

Henry Germain was back in court today, only to have his case continued again Dec. 16. The former Castlewood Country Club tennis director, who faces 16 charges of child molestation with six female victims, was last in court Oct. 22 when the case was continued.

A representative for his attorney, Elizabeth Grossman of Berkeley, and Deputy District Attorney Susan Torrence agreed to the continuance.

In October, Judge Hugh Walker allowed changes in visiting his children, by allowing him to spend time with his two sons without adult supervision.

He is still required to have supervision when spending time with his daughter. Other conditions of his release are that he is not allowed to leave the state or contact any minors or the alleged victims.

Germain is out on $1.14 million bail and has yet to enter a plea. The next hearing is at 9 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Pleasanton courthouse on Stoneridge Drive.

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Germain's case continued again

Accused child molester to enter a plea Dec. 16

by Emily West / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Nov 19, 2008, 10:23 am
Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2008, 3:10 pm

Henry Germain was back in court today, only to have his case continued again Dec. 16. The former Castlewood Country Club tennis director, who faces 16 charges of child molestation with six female victims, was last in court Oct. 22 when the case was continued.

A representative for his attorney, Elizabeth Grossman of Berkeley, and Deputy District Attorney Susan Torrence agreed to the continuance.

In October, Judge Hugh Walker allowed changes in visiting his children, by allowing him to spend time with his two sons without adult supervision.

He is still required to have supervision when spending time with his daughter. Other conditions of his release are that he is not allowed to leave the state or contact any minors or the alleged victims.

Germain is out on $1.14 million bail and has yet to enter a plea. The next hearing is at 9 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Pleasanton courthouse on Stoneridge Drive.

Comments

what?
Ruby Hill
on Nov 19, 2008 at 11:25 am
what?, Ruby Hill
on Nov 19, 2008 at 11:25 am

How can this be? Is this normal in cases such as this to not enter a plea for months and months? If you're innocent, don't you say so right up front?


Cholo
Livermore
on Nov 19, 2008 at 12:09 pm
Cholo, Livermore
on Nov 19, 2008 at 12:09 pm

The wheels of justice grind slowly. It could take several years before this case goes to trial.


Sad...
another community
on Nov 19, 2008 at 2:11 pm
Sad..., another community
on Nov 19, 2008 at 2:11 pm

It makes sense why his attorney would keep asking for this to be continued because he can stay out and she can continue to bill him for a lot of hours and use most of his money that should be going to raise his children....but WHY would the district attorney and the judge allow this to go on and on????? This sends a message to his victims: Don't bother reporting it because nothing will happen anyway. He will move away and find new victims and it will end up in another court in another city just like it happened in Southern California. Very disappointing!!!!


Henry is a Sick-0
Bridle Creek
on Nov 19, 2008 at 3:53 pm
Henry is a Sick-0, Bridle Creek
on Nov 19, 2008 at 3:53 pm

This happens in a lot of cases, them being continued. They will try to drag this on as long as possible in order to try to find a way to discredit the witnesses or hope they need to move on with their lives- because they are tired of the never ending process. I hope these witnesses stay strong and convict this prick.

Anyone who supports Henry, especially those who are married to an attorney, should be ashamed of themselves as they are horrible people who support child molestation.


annonymous
Vintage Hills
on Nov 19, 2008 at 6:17 pm
annonymous, Vintage Hills
on Nov 19, 2008 at 6:17 pm

It was actually the distrcit attorney that wanted to move it back and that's what it was last time too. I was there in the courtroom.


Cholo
Livermore
on Nov 19, 2008 at 6:59 pm
Cholo, Livermore
on Nov 19, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Web Link

This link may be helpful in understanding how some attorneys approach defending child molesters/pedophiles.

It's a good study. What are your thoughts?


MainStreetDiva
Vintage Hills
on Nov 20, 2008 at 7:15 am
MainStreetDiva, Vintage Hills
on Nov 20, 2008 at 7:15 am

Fourteen other women from Southern Cal may be allowed to testify...

Web Link


Cholo
Livermore
on Nov 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm
Cholo, Livermore
on Nov 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Kill the messenger? Please read.
Web Link


Jerry
Oak Hill
on Nov 21, 2008 at 11:59 pm
Jerry, Oak Hill
on Nov 21, 2008 at 11:59 pm

Cholo,

Your web link to the defense article was interesting reading...


Mike
Highland Oaks
on Nov 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm
Mike, Highland Oaks
on Nov 22, 2008 at 2:51 pm

What's your hurry? Let the system take its time so that it may accurately determine the facts and act accordingly.


what?
Ruby Hill
on Nov 23, 2008 at 6:49 pm
what?, Ruby Hill
on Nov 23, 2008 at 6:49 pm

What's your hurry?? Searching The Facts? How about the TRUTH?! Shouldn't take so long if you just tell the truth!
If you're innocent, wouldn't you speak up right away? And if you're guilty, you hide behind a bunch of excuses and 'fact-finding'. Please, he makes me sick!


Cholo
Livermore
on Nov 24, 2008 at 1:04 pm
Cholo, Livermore
on Nov 24, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Web Link

The above link may help some understand why it is difficult to convict sex offenders of innocent children and vulnerable adults. It takes courage, time and lots of patience to protect kids.


James
Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 24, 2008 at 1:06 pm
James, Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 24, 2008 at 1:06 pm

i'm just a little surprised that he is out of jail and able to have un-supervised visits with his kids given the magnitude of the charges against him.


Marie
Castlewood
on Nov 26, 2008 at 10:49 am
Marie, Castlewood
on Nov 26, 2008 at 10:49 am

He can only have unsupervised visits with his sons not with his daughter. Henry does not like young boys just young girls.


Cholo
Livermore
on Nov 28, 2008 at 5:40 pm
Cholo, Livermore
on Nov 28, 2008 at 5:40 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)


Sad
another community
on Dec 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm
Sad, another community
on Dec 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Assuming that Pedophilia is a mental illness and the person cannot control who they are attracted to, why do they commit their crimes in secret and not out in front of others? They make the choice to not molest children in front of adults or law enforcement officers because they know it is horribly wrong. If they know it is wrong and are able to control their actions in public why don't they control their behavior when no one is looking? Can anyone answer this???


lawyer
Downtown
on Dec 3, 2008 at 12:14 pm
lawyer, Downtown
on Dec 3, 2008 at 12:14 pm

the reason a case is put over for plea is because once a defendant enters a plea, issues of statute of limitations must be addressed at that moment. there may be such issues. a demurrer has to be heard when a plea is entered. be patient


miranda
Vintage Hills
on Dec 3, 2008 at 11:30 pm
miranda, Vintage Hills
on Dec 3, 2008 at 11:30 pm

I think the man belongs in jail. With as many charges and as many victims that have come forward, he shouldn't be allowed to live amongst regular law abiding families and CHILDREN. He has returned to his previous residence where I believe there are numerous children. Maybe he knows he has nothing left to lose and will do something crazy. In my view, his not pleading, only adds to speculation that he is trying to cut some sort of deal or something. If you are innocent, you say so. Why should anyone's children be exposed to him when he can't see one of his own children without supervision. So they are protecting his child, but to hell with everyone else's children including those that don't know his history. Lock him up.


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