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Menlo Park man, swim team photographer, accused of sexually abusing boys

by Rick Radin

A Menlo Park man who worked as the Ladera Recreation Center swim team photographer is being accused of sexually abusing young boys and was arrested on July 25, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

The alleged assaults of boys from 8 to 13 years old by Randy Haldeman, 47, occurred at the Ladera Recreation Center in Portola Valley and at the suspect's home, for possibly as long as 30 years, according to Rosemerry Blankswade of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

During an investigation by sheriff's deputies, which had begun in January, multiple victims came forward saying that they had been assaulted by Haldeman, according to Blankswade.

The last incident reported was in 2015, Blankswade said.

Haldeman was arrested at his home on two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old and was booked into San Mateo County Jail, according to the Sheriff's Office.

He posted $200,000 bail the same day, Blankswade said. He has been given an initial court date of Aug. 26, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

As of Monday, July 29, the case had yet to be referred to the District Attorney's Office by the Sheriff's Office, Wagstaffe said, but he anticipated receiving it later this week.

On his LinkedIn page, Haldeman describes himself as a "CEO, CMO, Innovator, Mentor." He is chief executive officer and president of Code-N, a Menlo Park-based "next-generation cloud computing company," according to the company's website.

Sheriff's investigators believe that there are more victims who haven't come forward, Blankswade said.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office encourages anyone who had contact with Haldeman or whose children had contact with him or know of someone who was victimized to contact Detective Joseph Fava at 650-363-4192 or e-mail jfava@smcgov.org or Detective Sergeant Joe Cang at 650-363-4008 or jcang@smcgov.org

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