Former Castlewood tennis pro Henry Germain went before the judge again Tuesday, only to have his case be continued yet again. Out on $1.4 million bail, he will be back in court April 28.
This is the third time the 62-year-old former tennis pro at Castlewood Country Club had a continuance granted by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Christine Moruza. He was first arrested Sept. 2 and pleaded not guilty Jan. 9 to 16 charges of sex crimes against six female victims.
Attorney Elizabeth Grossman of Berkeley, who represents Germain, had previously said she planned to file a formal demurrer, which would challenge the legitimacy of the charges, claiming the time limit in the statute of limitations had passed for the victims to come forward.
Deputy District Attorney Susan Torrance said cases like these can take some time. While additional investigation details have not been released, she said this is a "very strong case."
There have been questions regarding the statute of limitations for the victims. In previous hearings, Grossman had said the alleged victims came forward with their information after the time allowed in the state of California, which is currently 10 years.
Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, which handled the investigation into Germain, said no more victims have come forward. Prior to December, about a half dozen alleged victims came forward, according to Kelly, saying they were abused by Germain back to the early 1980s when he worked as a tennis pro at the now closed Desert Club of La Quinta in Palm Desert, Calif. While Germain can't be charged from these alleged incidents, the victims can testify in court.
The next hearing will be at 2 p.m. April 28 in Department 704 at the Pleasanton courthouse on Stoneridge Drive.