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News - July 25, 2018

Coach arrested for alleged sex crime

by Kate Bradshaw

A 37-year-old San Jose man who coached badminton in Menlo Park was arrested July 12 and booked into the Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of annoying or molesting a minor and a "sexual assault-related crime," according to Santa Clara Sheriff's Office Sergeant Richard Glennon.

Santa Clara County park rangers reportedly found badminton coach Khankham Malaythong in his 2018 Maserati SUV after hours at Joseph D. Grant County Park with a 17-year-old girl, according to a statement issued by police on July 19.

At the time, deputies conducted interviews and collected evidence. Their investigation is ongoing, and they do not have any evidence of additional victims. Glennon said that the crime he is charged with describes a specific sex act with a juvenile, which is a felony, "but does not involve force or fear."

Malaythong has since posted bail and been released, with a court date set in September.

He is no longer working at Synergy, where he was a coach, company officials said.

"Synergy has cooperated with authorities in their investigation," the officials added, in a statement on the company website. "Synergy will not tolerate behavior that runs counter to its operating philosophy or that jeopardizes the well-being of people enrolled in badminton training at the academy."

The county Sheriff's Office has asked anyone with further information about the case to call the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Detective Unit at 408-808-4500.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.


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