A popular golf coach in Livermore was arrested on 65 felony counts of child sex abuse over the weekend and police said Tuesday that there could be additional charges after another alleged victim came forward.
Livermore Police say 31-year-old Andrew Michael Nisbet was arrested Saturday morning at the Las Positas Golf Course in Livermore, where he taught kids how to play golf, many of whom competed in state and national tournaments.
Before his arrest, Nesbit had been the course’s PGA Golf Pro since 2006 and was considered to be one of the top 50 junior golf coaches in the country, having taught kids in Michigan, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Investigators say Nesbit leveraged his reputation and skills to sexually abuse the students he coached.
“He used a lot of the promise of stardom, expensive gifts,” said Det. Steve Goard of the Livermore Police Dept. “It was just a slow, grooming process in which he knew exactly which kids he could perpetrate this crime and be successful.
Detectives know of three male victims — all former students of Nesbit’s — who were abused between 2009 and 2012. The students ranged in age from 12 to 17 years old.
Police say the investigation into Nesbit began two weeks ago when one those students came forward.
After he was arrested, detectives said Nesbit confessed.
“He came to the police station, during the interview he did make some admissions to committing these acts,” said Goard.
The day after Nesbit was arrested, he was scheduled to get an award from the Northern California PGA for creating the Grip Junior Golf Academy. As of his arrest, 175 kids were enrolled in the program.