MARTINEZ -- A longtime Bay Area baseball coach has been charged with molesting one teen boy and secretly filming another in a bathroom. Authorities say they suspect there are more victims.

The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office charged Orinda resident Joel Kaufman, 52, who previously coached at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland and Palo Alto High School, with six felonies and three misdemeanors Wednesday. Authorities also issued a $300,000 warrant for his arrest.

Kaufman is the head coach of the California Smoke, a premier traveling club for high school-age boys based in San Jose whose players often go on to play on college teams. Its players in 2012 came from high schools in Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.

Kaufman is also the owner and operator of Triple Play U.S.A., a batting cage facility in San Leandro, authorities said. He coached varsity baseball at Bishop O'Dowd from 1999 to 2005, leading the Dragons to five league titles and a 25-1 record in his final year. He next coached at Palo Alto High for the 2006 season. Kaufman's attorney did not return a call seeking comment.

Police first arrested Kaufman in August after the male he is accused of molesting and his parents contacted Orinda police in late July. Charges were not filed then, pending the police investigation, and within days Kaufman attempted suicide in a Monterey hotel room, according to police.


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Kaufman's 85-year-old father called 911 shortly after midnight Aug. 12 and reported his son had tried to kill himself using pills and razor blades, Monterey police said. The father, Allan Kaufman, said his son wanted to die because he was out on bail for an assault arrest.

Officers found Joel Kaufman bleeding in a hotel bathtub and had him hospitalized for a mental health evaluation.

Police arrested Allan Kaufman on suspicion of assisting in the suicide attempt, but the Monterey County District Attorney's Office declined to file charges based on insufficient evidence, said Monterey police Lt. Leslie Sonne.

Joel Kaufman is charged with three felonies and two misdemeanors involving a minor male victim for alleged crimes from September 2005 to June 2012. Those charges are two felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child younger than 14, two misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child, and one felony count of sexual penetration of a drugged person. Kaufman is accused of drugging the boy with an unknown substance.

As to allegations involving a second victim, Kaufman is charged with one misdemeanor count of using a concealed video camera to secretly film the teen boy in a bathroom in a state of undress. The second victim was identified after officers searched Kaufman's home and discovered the footage of the recording, said Orinda police Sgt. Neil Rafanan.

Authorities are not releasing how Kaufman knew the victims, including whether they played baseball for him, to protect their anonymity. Both police and prosecutors said they suspect there are more victims.

Anyone with information on the case can call Rafanan or Detective Travis Dennison at 925-254-6820.

The (Monterey) Herald contributed to this report. Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley. Contact David DeBolt at 925-943-8048. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.