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Northern Calif. golf coach accused of trying to hire hit man

Prosecutors say Andrew Michael Nisbet tried to hire a hit man to kill boys he is accused of molesting.


A SAN FRANCISCO Bay Area golf coach who was set to receive an award from the PGA before he was arrested and accused of molesting three boys tried to hire a hit man to have them killed, prosecutors said.

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has charged 32-year-old Andrew Michael Nisbet with three felony counts for solicitation of murder, authorities said. Nisbet already was facing more than six-dozen molestation charges.

An Alameda County jail deputy said that in February, a confidential informant showed him letters he got from Nisbet, who wanted the alleged molestation victims killed and discussed prices to get it done, prosecutors said in court documents.

Nisbet, who is jailed without bail, met with an undercover agent posing as a hit man in March, and the two discussed killing two of the victims, prosecutors said.

Nisbet mouthed at least one of the victims' names to the agent and disclosed the cities the two victims could be found in, according to Jeff McCort, an inspector with the district attorney's office. McCort said the agent told Nisbet he would make it seem like a cellphone robbery.

A subsequent search of Nisbet's jail cell turned up additional letters discussing the planned killings in detail, according to McCort.

Nisbet's attorney, Timothy Rien, did not immediately return a call for comment.

Nisbet was a nationally recognized instructor at a city-owned golf course in Livermore, a suburb about 45 miles east of San Francisco. His Dec. 7, 2013, arrest came a day before he was to receive the PGA's Northern California Section 2013 Junior Golf Leader Award for his work with young golfers.

He is accused of molesting three students between the ages of 12 and 17 between 2007 and 2012. He often showed the boys pornography, including child pornography, while he performed sex acts on them, authorities said.

Nisbet faces 75 felonies for charges including lewd acts with minors and arranging sexual meetings with minors.


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