‘How do I know this isn’t a set up?’ Days before arrest on 62 sex charges, tennis coach met with alleged victim – The Mercury News

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SAUSALITO — Months after coming forward to police, a teen boy put on a secret recording device and met with his former tennis coach, who police estimate sexually abused the boy 300 times over two years.

Normandie Burgos was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of sexually molesting a teen boy who was taking tennis lessons from Burgos. (Richmond Police Department)
Normandie Burgos was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of sexually<br />molesting a teen boy who was taking tennis lessons from Burgos. (Richmond<br />Police Department) 

According to police documents released Wednesday, 53-year-old Normandie Burgos acted nervous. He turned up music on his cell phone, began looking around, and would type notes to the boy onto his cell phone, rather than talk.

Police obtained consent from the teen’s parents for the meeting, and the boy told Burgos he’d come forward to his family about some of the abuse allegations. They met on a tennis court in late June, just days before Burgos, who in 2010 beat a previous sexual abuse case involving teen boys in Marin, was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing two teen tennis students in the East Bay.

On Wednesday, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office charged Burgos with 62 felony counts, including multiple counts of lewd acts with a teen, forcible oral copulation, and forcible sodomy. He faces life in prison if convicted.

During the June meeting, one of Burgos’ notes read “something to the effect of, ‘How do I know this isn’t a set up?” according to an affidavit written by senior inspector Darryl Holcombe. In another he asked the boy to say on camera that he’d lied and that nothing had happened, and in another asked if his parents would believe him if he recanted.

Days later, according to Holcombe, the boy received text messages from Burgos asking if the two could meet in his apartment.

“I have never seen a person take such serious counter measures in a case involving crimes against children, such as trying to use music to defeat a body wire or writing notes out on a phone while in the presence of the victim so he doesn’t have to speak them (sic),” Holcombe wrote in the affidavit.

According to police, the boy — referred to as “John Doe” in court records — had taken lessons from Burgos for years. In 2015, he began taking one-on-one practice sessions at Burgos’ Richmond condo. One day, Burgos told Doe that his dog had peed on their stretching mat, so they’d need to stretch in his bed.

“As time passed, the ‘stretching’ turned into ‘massage,’” which escalated into Burgos touching the boy’s private areas, according to a statement of probable cause written by a Richmond police detective. By 2015, police say he began performing sex acts on the boy, telling him, “Nothing malicious here… It’s stress relief… It will make you play better.”

The allegations mirror those leveled against Burgos in 2006, when he was a popular tennis and gym coach at Marin’s Tamalpais High School. Two teens came forward alleging Burgos had touched them inappropriately during “fat checks” and body massages. Marin prosecutors charged Burgos with lewd conduct and sexual battery. He was fired from his teaching job, but the case resulted in a mistrial, with jurors hanging towards guilt on one count and acquittal on another.

Prosecutors declined to re-try Burgos, who started his own tennis instructing agency — the Burgos Tennis Foundation — and began giving private lessons. He remains in County Jail in lieu of $20.8 million bail, according to records.

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