Swim coach arrested again for lewd acts

August 11, 2010 2:04:03 PM PDT
A 62-year-old swim coach who already faces charges for allegedly having inappropriate relations with a child was arrested again May 11 on new charges of committing lewd acts with children dating back to the late 1970s, San Leandro police Detective Derrel Ramsey said today.

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Andrew King was arrested again after an investigation by San Leandro police into possible inappropriate sexual contact between King and several additional victims over the past 30 years, Ramsey said.

King turned himself in to San Jose police on April 2 after an initial complaint was made to the Police Department about inappropriate relations with a 14-year-old female swimmer, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Ramsey, who was conducting an investigation into several separate accusations of inappropriate sexual contact between King and underage victims, discovered King had already been arrested and contacted San Jose police about the additional accusations.

King, who was out on $100,000 bail, was again taken into custody while on his way to court May 11 for a hearing related to the San Jose charge. He is being held without bail on more than 15 counts of lewd acts with a child, according to Ramsey.

King has coached swimming for more than 30 years at several locations in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and Stanislaus counties, as well as in the state of Washington and in Canada, Ramsey said.

The job requires traveling to many swim meets, so "a lot of the incidents were taking place on the road," Ramsey said.

King apparently had close ties to the families of the victims, who ranged in age from 10 to 17 and lived primarily in the Bay Area, according to Ramsey.

Ramsey was contacted in February by one of the victims, and started an investigation in February that has merged with San Jose's investigation.

Because the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office already has one case filed against King, Ramsey said it will be handling all the other cases as well.

A bail hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Department 43 of the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice where King's defense attorney will ask that bail be set, according to Mike Fletcher, supervisor of the child sexual assault team with the district attorney's office.

Ramsey said more victims might come forward, and that anyone with additional information should contact him at (510) 577-3244 or San Jose police Detective Eric Michel at (408) 277-4102.

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