Andrew King, former coach of the San Jose Aquatics is a reason that castration should be brought back….
November 21, 2009
While we joke about badbadteacher.com, the things that are happening there are no joke. Okay, some of it is, but that is due to the stupidity of some people. For the most part, there are clear cases of abuse that are happening here. I go to the site to laugh at the misfortunes of others. You can occasionally make the argument of the ages are relatively close, most the time it is an easy eye test to say, Damn, that’s sick. Here is one of those stories.
A former swim coach who pleaded no contest to felony child molestation impregnated one of his victims when she was 14 years old and was investigated in two other areas before he finally was charged in San Jose this spring.
The girl, who lived in the East Bay, had an abortion and never told anyone until she was interviewed by police earlier this year as part of the case here, according to court documents released Thursday.
I don’t need to read or hear anymore of the story to know that under the prison is too good for this guy. I don’t think that prison should be about torture, but that would be okay if it happened to him. He clearly has a problem, in that he is a pedophile, but that is too bad and he should have gotten himself some help.
Andrew King, 61, former head coach at San Jose Aquatics, who often worked with elite swimmers hoping to make the Olympics, remains in jail in lieu of $3 million bail. He awaits sentencing on charges that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life.
Jamie Harley, King’s attorney, did not return a phone call Thursday. She previously has declined to discuss the case. King is next due in court Dec. 18.
Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Ray Mendoza is seeking the maximum term for King — 42 years — and argues in court documents submitted Thursday that King has demonstrated “a clear pattern of pedophile behavior” during the 31 years he molested the girls he coached. The pattern was so clear and so consistent that King should not be a candidate for probation, Mendoza said in pre-sentencing documents.
“He got to be free his whole adult life,” Mendoza said outside the courtroom Thursday. “He should have been held accountable a long time ago.”
The documents, some of which were released earlier, detail King’s long history of child molestation and his preference for girls 10 to 17 years old. He gave them gifts, dinners and rides; he told victims they were special, asking most of them to marry him. And while he was in a position of authority and trust, he threatened to end their swimming careers if they told anyone.
“Unfortunately, King fell through the cracks in the system: Two law enforcement investigations and suspicious conduct observed by swim coaches, parents or boards who did not adequately supervise the defendant,” Mendoza wrote in the documents.
“The red flags should have gone up when King was only massaging girls behind closed doors,” Mendoza said, “traveling alone with girls to away meets, taking girls to dinner, sailing on his boat and buying them gifts. The warning signs were everywhere.”
Before one of his swimmers at San Jose Aquatics contacted police this spring, prompting his arrest, King had been investigated twice before on child molestation allegations.
Both times, in Contra Costa County, and in Oak Harbor, Wash., he was not charged, never even questioned.
In 1988, a 17-year-old girl reported to a counselor at Monte Vista High School in Danville that she had had sexual intercourse with King several years before. The counselor contacted the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, which scheduled an interview with the girl, her counselor and an investigator.
The girl “said she just recently realized how wrong it was of (King) to take advantage of her, and she was having an extremely hard time dealing with it,” according to a 1988 Sheriff’s Department report.
According to the report, the abuse started when King and the girl went to dinner “and made out.” The next day, King called her at home and said, “Now we’ll make love.” The girl rode her bike to the swim coach’s apartment “behind the Elegant Bib. He provided her with a ‘sponge’ for birth control that he already had purchased.”
Although the situation with King prompted her to give up swimming, the girl told the investigator she really missed the sport but “can never go back.”
The girl said she did not want her parents to know. Neither did she want to prosecute or have King contacted. The investigator complied and suspended the case.
A spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department did not return a call seeking comment about that case.
The woman who investigated the case has retired and could not be reached for comment.
I don’t want to violate the woman and her privacy, but she was so twisted by this sick bastard, I can understand that she just wanted it to go away. Now, he will and he can’t hurt anyone else.
“The sad fact is that King could have been stopped years ago, sparing other victims from King’s sexual desire,” Mendoza said in the report submitted to the court Thursday.
“Coach Andy had enjoyed 61 plus years of freedom at the expense of children and their families. In this case the court should impose a sentence to ensure that the defendant, age 61, will never be allowed to harm children again,” the report said.