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Bay Area coach charged with child molestation

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 2:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 2:38 p.m.

MARTINEZ — Authorities are searching for a longtime Northern California high school baseball coach who has been charged with molesting one teen boy and secretly filming another in a bathroom.

A $300,000 arrest warrant has been issued for 52-year-old Joel Kaufman of Orinda, who was charged Wednesday with multiple misdemeanors and felonies, including lewd and lascivious acts on a child younger than 14.

Authorities have not released how Kaufman knew the alleged victims. They say the crimes occurred between 2005 and last year.

Kaufman is the coach of a travlling high school-aged baseball club based in San Jose, but has previously coached Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, where he led the team to five league titles.

The Contra Costa Times (http://bit.ly/YpBAzO ) reports that Kaufman's attorney did not return a call seeking comment.

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