Former Youth Baseball Coach Gets 10-year Prison Sentence for Molesting Multiple Kids

April 16, 2014 10:00 am · 22 comments

A longtime youth baseball coach convicted of sexually abusing multiple children over a 30-year period will spend the next decade in prison for his crimes.

Joel Kaufman, 53, of Orinda, was sentenced in a Martinez courtroom on Monday to 10 years and eight months in prison after pleading guilty last week to one charge of penetration of an unconscious person and three charges of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. He also pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of lewd and lascivious acts on a child between 13 and 14 years old and one count of unlawfully videotaping someone.

The charges stem from the sexual abuse of three children over the course of three decades, according to Deputy District Attorney Chad Mahalich.

However, the prosecutor said, Kaufman allegedly sexually abused up to a dozen more victims between 11 and 16 years old but couldn’t be charged for all of the acts due to complex statute of limitations laws.

Many of the victims’ family members as well as one of the victims attended the former coach’s sentencing hearing on Monday.

That victim spoke at the hearing on behalf of all the victims, Mahalich said.

“I thought it was very powerful and took a lot of courage — that person felt a huge weight off their chest after sitting with this for so many years,” the prosecutor said.

Kaufman was initially arrested on suspicion of child molestation in August 2012 but was released.

On March 22, 2013 he turned himself in to the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez on an arrest warrant and was released the same day on $325,000 bail.

He was out of custody and wearing a GPS ankle monitor until Monday.

During the hearing Kaufman offered an apology to the victims and their families and spoke about being sexually abused as a child himself.

“Regardless of whether that’s true or not doesn’t excuse the behavior and in some ways I think it makes it that much more deplorable,” Mahalich said.

“You still have to make the decision to do the conscious act and to do that repeatedly to multiple victims is heinous and predatory,” he said.

The prosecutor said Kaufman likely victimized more children who have not yet reported the abuse, and that any other victims are encouraged to come forward.

{ 22 comments }

1 Mr. Pink April 16, 2014 at 10:26 AM

10 years? That’s all? I do not understand our sentencing system.

2 B April 16, 2014 at 11:08 AM

At least 10 years is something! Good thing he wasn’t an heir to a fortune

3 Jason L. April 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM

10 years for ruining the lives of children over the course of 30 years? You’ve got to be kidding me. In 10 years he’ll be out at 63 and still be able to victimize someone else. Unbelievable.

4 Cowellian April 16, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Ten years is sufficient, as long as it’s a life sentence.

5 Chronic Halitosis April 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I think there should be no statute of limitations on sex crimes, crimes on minors, impaired adults, crimes by people with entrusted or appointed authority. No statutes of limitation. The damages inflicted are limitless.

6 Jack 123 April 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

“However, the prosecutor said, Kaufman allegedly sexually abused up to a dozen more victims between 11 and 16 years old but couldn’t be charged for all of the acts due to complex statute of limitations laws.”

Shows the joke the laws are…

“During the hearing Kaufman offered an apology to the victims and their families and spoke about being sexually abused as a child himself”

Nice try–not an excuse– you became a coach to get close to kids so you could do this. Have fun in prison.

7 Dudebro April 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM

He got sentenced to 10 years of penetration. Seems fair.

8 My Two Cents April 16, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I can’t believe this cockroach only received a 10 year sentence for Child Molesting. We all know he’ll only do 5 years of the time. Start sticking these scumbags with a lethal injection, there’s no room on the planet for them. I can only pray he gets raped in jail everyday of his sentence and then killed right before he’s set to get out!! People who raped children should receive a death sentence!! Drop these sorry excuses into a molten volcano or they’re just going to keep on doing it!! Our judicial system is to lenient. We need to make a point to these low lifes…Wanna rape kids?!….We want your blood!!!!

9 oak grove posse April 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

It’s funny cause even gang dropouts in protective custody or other sex offenders could still be dangerous to him. Even in P/C, people still aren’t usually okay with crimes against women or children.

10 anon April 16, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Orinda,Orinda,Orinda, I guest they really have all kinds of people living there.

11 Idiocracy April 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

We need to just castrate these people !! Enough nanny state garbage – start lopping off their manhood and you wont see this stuff happing as much. Spare me the cruel and unusual punishment, he cruelly and unusually damaged a developing human child he gets no Love or compassion. Why am I paying taxes to feed this guy in prison? Why is he even breathing right now? Where’s the justice? 10 years isn’t enough!

12 There is only one cure April 16, 2014 at 2:37 PM

for slime balls like this guy.

People will be safe only when he is six feet under.

13 anonanonagain April 16, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Even if he was sexually abused as a child, he should understand how it feels to be victimized and taken advantage of. Doesn’t excuse his behavior at all. Sounds like he was trying to gain sympathy.
I think all pedophiles should be taken out on a one way ocean cruise wearing cement galoshes….

14 McDonald's 1988 April 16, 2014 at 4:24 PM

That’s what cracked dealers get who sell to other adults. 10 years. What a bunch of you know what. I am disgusted with our system. .

15 Gus April 16, 2014 at 5:52 PM

So for every three years he molested children he received one year in jail. Sad for California.

16 None April 16, 2014 at 6:22 PM

He’s a freaking psychopath I would say 6 feet under, these kind of people doesn’t deserve to breed our air!!!!

17 Rose Garden April 16, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I’m not buying it when sex offenders claim they were molested as a child. They’re master manipulators. They’re looking for sympathy.

Wouldn’t being molested yourself make you less likely to offend?

These people are sick and evil. Period.

Complex statue of limitations laws? I think it’s time to do away with statue of limitation laws for sex offenses.

18 james April 16, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Back it my wild days in the 90s, one of my buddies was locked up at County for a bar fist fight. His bail at the time was $200k for assault and battery for a bar fight. A well known child molester was taken in at the same time and one of the sheriffs commented that the molesters bail was only $50k.

My buddy couldn’t believe that his bail was so high for an ass kicking while a molesters was so low.

The pedophiles and molesters know they can bail out or be in pc the whole time.

They need to give them harsher sentences.

19 Anonymous April 17, 2014 at 8:04 AM

I agree there should be no statute of limitations on sex crimes like rape and lewd acts or molestation involving children. And, the perpetrators should have to confess who molested them when they were children so those criminals can also be prosecuted and brought to justice.

20 GoGo Gomez April 17, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Why feed him…just shoot the sicko!

21 anon April 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Rot in Hell Kaufmen. Rot in Hell

22 CW April 17, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I understand there is a can of worms about prosecuting someone based on something that allegedly occurred decades ago. But when the accused has multiple accusers, then I don’t believe that the statute of limitations should apply. The more people who are making allegations, the more likely it is that the accused is actually guilty. One supposed victim could be lying, but when you’ve got a dozen+ people all making similar accusations, it’s improbable that they’re all making it up.

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