For release on June 21, 2019
Deputy District Attorney
Sexual Assault Unit
BAY AREA YOUTH BASEBALL UMPIRE CHARGED WITH POSSESSING CHILD PORN
A youth baseball umpire living in San Jose has been charged with possessing child pornography.
Graham Bessermin, 38, has worked closely with youth throughout the Bay Area, including most recently at a behavioral mental health facility for children in San Francisco. The investigation into the full extent of the defendant’s illegal activities with minors is ongoing.
Bessermin – who was also charged with the felony of communicating with a minor for sex – was arraigned in May and has a plea hearing set for July 9, 2019. If convicted, he faces time in prison.
Prosecutor O’Bryan Kenney said: “Local law enforcement will track down every cyber lead to find those who trade in child pornography and our Office will hold them criminally accountable. These are not just images. They are real children, children who are exploited and abused.”
Law enforcement officials are asking for any unreported victims to reach out to their local law enforcement agency or Morgan Hill Police Detective Chris Woodrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or (669) 253-4895.
In November 2018, Morgan Hill Police Detectives received a cyber tip about a social media account uploading child pornography. The tip sparked investigations of more than 18 people nationwide who had sent or received child pornography from two local men, who were producing child porn and sexually assaulting children under 10. Those two men – from San Martin and Morgan Hill - have been arrested and charged.
On Memorial Day 2019, MHPD detectives identified Bessermin as a suspect. Police seized suspected child pornography videos from the defendant’s phone. It was also discovered that he worked in San Francisco at the Edgewood Center for Children and Families, as a nighttime supervisor. Management at the Edgewood Center have been cooperating with police in this investigation.
Bessermin also served as a baseball umpire for high school children through the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League for many years and worked with teenagers aged 13 to 17 at The Camp Recovery Center: Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Scotts Valley between 2007 and 2017.