An award-winning Livermore golf pro has been charged with 65 felony counts for allegedly sexually abusing two boys whom he'd been teaching, authorities said Tuesday.
Andrew Michael Nisbet, 31, who lives in Livermore and worked at the Las Positas Golf Course, was arrested on Saturday and arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court Tuesday. He's being held without bail at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
Livermore police said their investigation thus far has disclosed that the suspected sexual abuse occurred in their city between 2009 and 2012.
Police said Nisbet was a coach for children and it is suspected that he sexually assaulted at least several male children between the ages of 12 and 17.
Authorities said Nisbet was a highly regarded junior golf coach who coached many children in junior golf tournaments throughout the state as well as nationally.
Livermore police spokesman Steve Goard said detectives discovered that Nisbet also coached children in Michigan, North Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama, and authorities believe he may have abused boys in those locations as well.
The charges filed against Nisbet Tuesday name two victims but since he was arrested on Saturday a third victim has been located, Goard said.
Livermore police said Las Positas Golf Course officials immediately fired Nisbet after police told them that he had been arrested.
Among the charges against Nisbet are oral copulation by force, oral copulation of a person under the age of 16, oral copulation of a person under age 18, lewd and lascivious acts with a child age 14 or 15 years, distribution or exhibition of lewd material to a minor and arranging a meeting with a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd and lascivious behavior.
Livermore police said their investigation into the alleged sexual abuse is ongoing and they encourage parents to speak with their children if they had contact with Nisbet.
Goard said police began investigating Nisbet about two weeks ago when the first victim came forward to allege that Nisbet had sexually abused him.
The news that Nisbet has been charged comes only a day after the PGA's Northern California Section announced that it has given him its 2013 Junior Golf Leader Award "for his dedication and leadership in developing a wealth of exciting and educational golf programs for juniors."
In its news release about the award, the PGA quoted Nisbet as saying, "Junior Golf is something that I am extremely passionate about."