UPDATE: Baseball Coach Accused of Child Molestation Bails Out of CoCo County Jail

March 22, 2013 22:21 pm · 12 comments


A longtime youth baseball coach throughout the Bay Area is free on bail after turning himself in to authorities in Martinez this morning on child molestation charges.

Joel Kaufman, 52, posted $325,000 bail and walked out of the Martinez Detention Facility this afternoon about five hours after arriving at the jail. He surrendered at the jail around 11 a.m., two days after a warrant was issued for his arrest and six charges were filed against him in Contra Costa County Superior Court.

The charges include two counts of performing lewd acts on a child under 14, and one count each of performing lewd acts on a child between 14 and 15 and penetration of a drugged or intoxicated person, Deputy District Attorney Chad Mahalich said.

Kaufman also faces misdemeanor charges of child molestation and unlawfully filming or videotaping someone, Mahalich said.
The prosecutor said Kaufman could face more than 10 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Michael Markowitz, Kaufman’s attorney, said his client was out of the Bay Area when the warrant was issued and was unable to turn himself in earlier.

Markowitz declined to comment on the case, saying he had not yet reviewed the prosecution’s evidence.

Kaufman also had no comment on the charges against him this afternoon as he walked through the jail parking lot in Martinez. “You’ll have comments in a few weeks,” he told reporters outside of the jail.The Orinda man was first arrested on suspicion of molestation last August but was later released, according to Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee.

The 52-year-old is listed as the owner of the San Leandro batting cages Triple Play USA on Adams Avenue and as the manager of the California Smoke, a Bay Area-based baseball club for high school students. Among other baseball coaching jobs he has held over the years, Kaufman worked as a part-time baseball coach at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland from 1999 to 2005.

Archdiocese of Oakland spokesman Mike Brown said Wednesday that no incidents of abuse were ever reported during Kaufman’s time at the school.

In 2006, he worked as a baseball coach at Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Scott Bowers said. He also said no abuse was reported at the school during Kaufman’s tenure there.

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mad mom March 22, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Beyond words. So sad 🙁

Sinn Feiner March 23, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Here in America you’re “Guilty Until Proven Innocent”!

Anon March 23, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Why didn’t the attorney just say he is innocent? Would the truth of the matter be different depending on the evidence the DA has…

NRA #1 fan and member March 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Castrate him please……..I’ll volunteer to shoot it off with my 44 Magnum.

gemini March 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM

There are a lot of Coaches who apply for this very reason. All coaches should have their Computers checked. Teachers cannot be trusted either anymore. Monitor who is with your kids and teens and have an open communication with them about it, so they don’t think it’s their fault

Homeslice March 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Wow– every time I leave MDF– I do not get a 2 Deputy escort to my car–oh yeah — they towed it..always messing with me…… I didn’t do nuthing at all…I was not there..you do not have video tape of nothing that I did because I checked to make sure there were no cameras……………it would be s shame if someone wanted to hurt him…………..

jj March 23, 2013 at 1:36 PM

money buys time

Anon March 23, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Hey he still has a chance to coach at JOBL they don’t do background checks on their coaches.

TeamUSA March 23, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Can Claycord do a follow up of the Diablo View Middle School teacher from last year please?

Chef March 23, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Same thing happened to me. I never should have joined that “Super Adventure Club”.

dave March 23, 2013 at 11:30 PM

The charges seem too specific to be a “misunderstanding” A drugged or intoxicated person? Video taping?

US_DOJ_Gov March 25, 2013 at 1:53 AM

WHY does the media immediately identify/ name the “Accused” of sex-crimes, but go to great lengths to protect the identity/ name of the alleged “Victim” ??

(#1) …. If a victim recants 2 months later & admits they were just pissed-off that the “Accused” turned down their advances —- What happens to the life of the “Accused” now that their name was released?

#2) …. If the “Accused” is found “Not Guilty” by 12 people —- What happens to the life of the “Accused” now that their name was released?

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