Police Arrest San Leandro Businessman On Molestation Charges

Joel Kaufman owns Triple Play USA batting cages on Adams Street and coached at Bishop O'Dowd High School.


By Bay City News Service

A longtime youth baseball coach is now behind bars on child molestation charges, according to Contra Costa County jail records.

Joel Kaufman, 52, was taken into custody in Martinez this morning after a warrant for his arrest was issued and six charges were filed against him in Contra Costa County Superior Court.

Kaufman owns the Triple Play USA batting cage business on Adams Avenue in San Leandro, and 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 this week that no incidents of abuse were ever reported during Kaufman's time at the school. 

Kaufman, an Orinda resident, was charged Wednesday with 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.

It is not known where these alleged acts occurred.

Kaufman also faces misdemeanor charges of child molestation and unlawfully filming or videotaping someone, Mahalich said. If convicted on all charges, he could face more than a decade in prison, the prosecutor said.

Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said Kaufman remains in custody this afternoon on $325,000 bail. Kaufman was first arrested on suspicion of molestation last August but was later released, Lee said.

Among other youth-related activities, Kaufman was the manager of the California Smoke, a Bay Area-based baseball club for high school students.

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

jeffrey olsen March 23, 2013 at 12:35 AM
do not coach the kids, they are ready to sent you to jail for nothing,keep your as... as far as possible from these kids with their unlimited fantasies
resident March 23, 2013 at 02:55 AM
not fantasies, video was found of kids at his house....
Jessica Gardner March 24, 2013 at 12:43 AM
He's out on bail, and presumed innocent
MACLIS510 March 24, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Theresa Kelly-Wilkerson May 28, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Sorry to be on my soap box. I know not every homosexual adult male is a pedophile, BUT every pedophile male adult that preys on little boys IS a homosexual! For the life if me, I just don't get why are we such in denial in this country! It outrages me that we are putting the needs of grown folks, before the needs of OUR CHILDREN! Don't get me started! I could give a rats @$$ about politics and rights. The Boy Scouts just voted against a BAN ON HOMOSEXUAL LEADERS! Hello! NAMBLA (Nat'l Assoc of Man-Boy Love Assoc)...NEED I SAY MORE?! Here I am doing some research on batting cage business, and I just HAPPEN up on this little piece of CRITICAL news! Esp. since we take OUR CHILD to this CHILD MOLESTOR's business all of the time to practice his swing. I can't believe this SICKO has been video taping MOSTLY BOYS who go in to the batting cages. He better not have been getting his jollies off of MY CHILD! I hope he goes to jail for life for what he has done. It's closer than we think, yet we all have our freaking head in the sand talking about all this PC (political correct) bull crap! Well, I'm going to speak my mind and I don't give a dang who doesn't like it.


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