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Golf pro pleads not guilty to 75 felony sex counts

Three alleged victims, boys between 12 and 17 years old

A Livermore golf instructor pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he sexually abused three boys he had been teaching.

Andrew Nisbet, 32, faces a total of 75 felony counts. They include oral copulation by force, oral copulation with a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, distribution or exhibition of lewd material to a minor and arranging a meeting with a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd and lascivious behavior.

The alleged victims are boys between the ages of 12 and 17, according to Livermore police.

Nisbet is being held without bail at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. He is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on March 26 for a pretrial hearing.

The golf pro was arrested on Dec. 7, shortly before he was to receive the 2013 Junior Golf Leader Award from the PGA's Northern California Section.

PGA officials cited Nisbet "for his dedication and leadership in developing a wealth of exciting and educational golf programs for juniors."

Nisbet taught at the Las Positas Golf Course in Livermore and for the past five years he has helped plan and run the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships in Pinehurst, N.C.

Police have said they suspect him of abusing boys in other areas of the country. So far, no charges have been filed.

As a result of Nisbet's arrest, the Tri-Valley YMCA held a forum in December on recognizing the signs of sexual abuse and is scheduling a second forum on preventing sexual abuse. No date for that second forum has been set.

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