PLEASANTON — Another charge has been brought against a veteran tennis instructor accused of molesting some of his young female students.
Henry John Germain, 62, of Dublin, had been released on $1.08 million bail Wednesday. But he was rearrested Friday afternoon at the Berkeley Police Department after his lawyer was informed of the new charge, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.
A no-bail warrant had been issued for his arrest on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under age 14. The most recent accusation is from 2004 and involves a girl between 9 and 12 years old, Nelson said.
Until he made bail, Germain had been held at Santa Rita county jail in Dublin on 15 other molestation charges.
Nelson said sheriff's investigators say 10 alleged victims have come forward since their investigation began in late August — all are females who say they were between ages 9 and 12 when they were molested.
Some incidents date to 1980, when Germain was working in Southern California. Until recently, Germain had worked at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton since 1992.
The investigation into Germain began after Castlewood officials forwarded to the sheriff's office letters from three women who said they were molested by him when he was their tennis instructor in the late 1990s. Germain has no criminal record or other complaints against him about his dealings with children.
According to court documents, the letters from the three women, who all took lessons around the same time, described the alleged abuse and indicated that they didn't want it to happen to anyone else.
The accusations ranged from inappropriate touching to pinning one girl in a corner at Germain's home and touching her while playing a pornographic video.
One of the women said she remembered Germain telling her that she was pretty and she deserved the abuse. One of the women said the abuse occurred almost daily.
When he was interviewed by detectives, he said he inappropriately touched children, but denied touching them sexually, according to court documents. He told deputies he thought the two women were attractive when they were children, but didn't do anything because he knew it would be wrong.
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