April 29, 2009

Tennis teacher Henry Germain to get prison time in molest case

Henry Germain

By Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer

April 29, 2009

Pleasanton, CA - The head tennis instructor at a Pleasanton country club pleaded no contest Tuesday to three counts of child molestation and will be sentenced to 15 years in state prison, his attorney said.

Henry Germain, 62, of Dublin entered his pleas before Judge Christine Moruza in a Pleasanton courtroom. In exchange for his pleas, prosecutors agreed to drop 13 other child-molestation counts, said his attorney, Elizabeth Grossman.

Germain will be sentenced May 22. He will be required to register as a sex offender. Germain was arrested at the Castlewood Country Club in September on suspicion of molesting three girls ages 9 to 12 from 1995 to 1999, authorities said. The girls were the children of club members.

The investigation began when two victims told club management about the alleged abuse and secretly recorded a conversation with the suspect in which he apologized to them, authorities said.

After Germain was arrested, other victims came forward, authorities said.

They alleged that they were abused within the last three or four years, Nelson said.


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