MARTINEZ -- A longtime Bay Area youth baseball coach who had been wanted on child molestation charges turned himself in Friday.
Orinda police had issued a warrant for Joel Kaufman's arrest Wednesday after the 52-year-old Orinda man was charged with six felonies and three misdemeanors alleging he molested one boy and secretly filmed another in a bathroom.
Two days later, Kaufman turned himself in and was released from County Jail in Martinez after posting $325,000 bail. His arraignment date was unknown Friday.
"He was out of town when we heard about the warrant," said Kaufman's attorney, Michael Markowitz. "He wasn't hiding out or anything like that. He wasn't in California -- it took us a day or so to get him back."
Kaufman declined to answer questions as he walked out of the jail flanked by Contra Costa Sheriff's deputies. He told reporters, "You'll have a comment in a few weeks."
Markowitz said he was in no position to comment on the allegations against his client because he has not yet been provided with any discovery from the prosecution.
Kaufman is the head coach of the California Smoke, a premier 18-and-under traveling baseball team based in San Jose, and is the owner of the Triple Play U.S.A. batting cases in San Leandro. His previous coaching experience includes stints at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, Palo Alto High School and various youth teams.
Kaufman's charges include two felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child younger than 14, and one felony count of sexual penetration of a drugged person. He is accused of drugging the boy with an unknown substance. The alleged crimes are said to have occurred between September 2005 and June 2012.
Kaufman was first arrested in August after the person he is accused of molesting contacted police. He was hospitalized for a mental health evaluation a few days later after an apparent suicide attempt in a Monterey hotel room, according to Monterey police records.
Police said they identified the second victim upon searching Kaufman's home and finding footage of the teen using a bathroom.
Authorities have not said whether the two suspected victims played baseball for Kaufman.
Police and prosecutors say they suspect there are more victims because Kaufman has worked with thousands of children during his career. They are asking anyone with information on the case to call Sgt. Neil Rafanan or Detective Travis Dennison at 925-254-6820.
Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.