A nationally recognized golf instructor charged with molesting some of his teenage students tried to hire a hit man to kill three of his victims, prosecutors said.
Andrew Nisbet was charged Tuesday with solicitation of murder, in addition to charges covering lewd acts with minors, arranging sexual meetings with minors, and possession of child pornography.
The 32-year-old Nisbet, of Livermore, California, was arrested in December after police said he molested three teens between 2007 and 2012 in a golf course parking lot, at his home, and on golfing trips.
Prosecutors said Nisbet exchanged letters with someone he believed could be hired to kill his victims.
But an informant tipped off a sheriff deputy at the jail, who then sent the letters Feb. 25 to the Alameda County District Attorney’s office.
Authorities said the letters contained information about the boys, and a county investigator posed as a hit man and visited Nisbet at the Santa Rita Jail.
The undercover investigator, who made a pistol gesture as he explained he was a mechanic who could “fix a car for him,” said Nisbet mouthed the victims’ names, told him where they lived, and promised to pay up front.
He told the investigator to take their cell phones to make their deaths appear to be robbery-related.
Authorities served a search warrant 10 days later on Nesbit’s cell, where they said they found driving directions to one victim’s home and other letters discussing the murder-for-hire plot.
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