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Menlo Park: Coach fired following alleged sexual assault

A badminton coach arrested last week on suspicion of molesting a minor and sexual assault-related offenses is no longer working at the Menlo Park sports academy where he was a coach, company officials said.

"Khankham Malaythong, formerly a coach at the badminton academy, is no longer employed with the organization," officials with Synergy Badminton Academy said in a statement on the company's website.

"Synergy has cooperated with authorities in their investigation," the officials added. "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."

An investigation began at about 9 p.m. July 12 after Santa Clara County Park Rangers allegedly found Malaythong, 37, and a 17-year-old female student in his 2018 Maserati SUV in Joseph Grant Park after the park closed.

Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Reginald Cooks said officials could not provide further details about the nature of the alleged offenses.

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Malaythong was booked into the Santa Clara County jail after his arrest. Sheriff's officials said Malaythong posted bail and was released.

Malaythong is a six-time winner of the U.S. National Badminton Championships in doubles and a 2008 U.S. Summer Olympics competitor.

Deputies are asking anyone with information about the alleged offenses, or any other victims, to call the sheriff's detective unit at (408) 808-4500.

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Menlo Park: Coach fired following alleged sexual assault

Uploaded: Sat, Jul 21, 2018, 8:39 pm
Updated: Mon, Jul 23, 2018, 11:30 am

A badminton coach arrested last week on suspicion of molesting a minor and sexual assault-related offenses is no longer working at the Menlo Park sports academy where he was a coach, company officials said.

"Khankham Malaythong, formerly a coach at the badminton academy, is no longer employed with the organization," officials with Synergy Badminton Academy said in a statement on the company's website.

"Synergy has cooperated with authorities in their investigation," the officials added. "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."

An investigation began at about 9 p.m. July 12 after Santa Clara County Park Rangers allegedly found Malaythong, 37, and a 17-year-old female student in his 2018 Maserati SUV in Joseph Grant Park after the park closed.

Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Reginald Cooks said officials could not provide further details about the nature of the alleged offenses.

Malaythong was booked into the Santa Clara County jail after his arrest. Sheriff's officials said Malaythong posted bail and was released.

Malaythong is a six-time winner of the U.S. National Badminton Championships in doubles and a 2008 U.S. Summer Olympics competitor.

Deputies are asking anyone with information about the alleged offenses, or any other victims, to call the sheriff's detective unit at (408) 808-4500.

— Bay City News Service

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concerned mother of a son
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 22, 2018 at 12:14 am
concerned mother of a son, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 22, 2018 at 12:14 am
24 people like this

If you write articles like this, you should provide more detail. If you don't have more details, then you should hold off writing the article. Per your article, this man is being charged with sexual assault just by being in a car with an under age girl after the park closed. That's a very heavy claim and you could ruin a man's life by providing his name. If there is more to the story, then you should provide it, or again, if you don't know the facts, don't write the story until you do. I always taught my son that you have to be careful of anything you do with a girl, because if anything happens, you as the male will always be blamed. The girl was obviously not being held against her will, and could be weeks away from being legal age IF they were even planning on doing any thing. Maybe it's karma for this man, but still, I'd rather read articles that have a start, middle and end, instead of incomplete facts about a story leaving many unanswered questions.


Not Unexpected
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 22, 2018 at 9:46 am
Not Unexpected, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 22, 2018 at 9:46 am
9 people like this

Almanac did the right thing and should not "hold off writing" this article so the community is informed with the two facts:
(1) Coach Bob M. was arrested and the grounds for the arrest.
(2) Synergy Badminton responded quickly with a public statement firing Coach Bob M.
Almanac is simply reporting facts. I understand the rights and impact to the accuse, but what about the responsibility to proactively protect the victims ?
Law enforcement has the responsibility to act proactively where they can to protect the students. Just as Almanac has the responsibility to inform the community. This is not easy for anyone but we have to let people speak and let the system work its way.


John Ullom
another community
on Jul 23, 2018 at 12:27 pm
John Ullom, another community
on Jul 23, 2018 at 12:27 pm
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All he has to do is find a lawyer and a sympathetic Mental Health Therapist. The can claim and Undiagnosed Mental Disorder made him do it: -- Web Link


Michael G. Stogner
another community
on Jul 23, 2018 at 6:10 pm
Michael G. Stogner, another community
on Jul 23, 2018 at 6:10 pm
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I agree with John Ullom, use the Zain Jaffer defense you were unconscious while driving in the park. You might have taken some medications that caused this alleged condition. Have your attorneys meet privately with DA Steve Wagstaffe, Karen Guidotti, and Sharon Cho for a 3 hour prevention of your entire defense. Do not identify the medications that could warn the rest of the United States of America, You wouldn't want an FDA Warning or a recall of these medications if in fact they really did do what Steve Wagstaffe claims they did. It worked for him, 5 victims and poof all charges dismissed. That's pretty cool result went from if a jury heard the case and disagreed with Wagstaffe's story it would have been life in prison, now its all good, free as a bird.


Michael G. Stogner
another community
on Jul 23, 2018 at 6:34 pm
Michael G. Stogner, another community
on Jul 23, 2018 at 6:34 pm
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Sorry, 3 hour presentation... not prevention


WhatNow
Menlo Park: other
on Jul 23, 2018 at 8:44 pm
WhatNow, Menlo Park: other
on Jul 23, 2018 at 8:44 pm
4 people like this

1. What was Bob doing 35 miles from the badminton club, at a county park, in the middle of nowhere, with a 17 year old girl, alone in his car at 9 PM at night?
2. Sheriff's office said that the crime he is charged with 'describes a specific sex act with a juvenile'. Did they charge this without basis?
3. The arrest was on July 12. Did Synergy send Bob to Las Vegas tournament to coach kids this past weekend even after the charges and arrest?
4. Why did it take Synergy 9 days to fire him? Were they just going to continue business as usual if there was no hue and cry?
5. When did USA Badminton find out about this and why did it take them 9 days to suspend him?
6. Has there been any communication from USA Badminton to the community in this regard?


Current student
Menlo Park: other
on Jul 24, 2018 at 12:33 am
Current student, Menlo Park: other
on Jul 24, 2018 at 12:33 am
17 people like this

For myself and many others who trained at Synergy, Bob was a coach who cared deeply for his students. It is incredibly hard to believe he did this, so I wish for everyone to wait for the court case and let the facts present themselves there.

In response to @Not Unexpected: [Portion removed as it was in response to a comment that has also been removed] You would be hard pressed to find anyone at Synergy that supports the picture you are painting.


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