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New sex abuse charges filed against Tri-Valley golf pro

Ten new counts involve third boy; more victims expected

New charges involving an additional victim were filed Wednesday against an award-winning Livermore golf pro who is accused of sexually abusing boys he had been teaching.

Andrew Michael Nisbet, 31, was charged last month with 65 felony counts involving two young boys. He now faces an additional 10 counts, most of which involve a third young boy.

Nisbet, who worked at the Las Positas Golf Course, was arraigned on the amended complaint against him – which is 42 pages long – in Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton; he is scheduled to enter a plea Feb. 20.

Livermore police couldn't be immediately reached for comment about the new charges but said in December that their investigation at that point had indicated the suspected abuse occurred in their city between 2009 and 2012.

Nisbet coached children throughout the Tri-Valley, across California and elsewhere in the country; police suspected he sexually assaulted at least several boys between the ages of 12 and 17 in Livermore. Livermore police spokesman Steve Goard said last month that authorities believe Nisbet may also have abused boys in other locations where he coached, including Michigan, North Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama.

Among the charges Nisbet faces 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 14 or 15 years of age, 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.

The original charges against Nisbet were filed shortly after the PGA's Northern California Section announced that it had given him its 2013 Junior Golf Leader Award for his work with young golfers.

For the past five years, Nisbet has helped plan and run the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships in Pinehurst, N.C., according to the PGA.

Las Positas officials fired Nisbet after learning of his arrest, and he has been permanently banned from the PGA.

Last month, the Tri-Valley YMCA held a forum to help parents recognize signs of sexual abuse. A second forum, on prevention, is set for later this month.

Bay City News contributed to this story

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