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Menlo Park man accused of sexual assault of minors arrested again

Six additional people come forward with allegations against Randolph Haldeman

Randolph Haldeman, who was arrested last month on allegations of sexually assaulting children and then released on bail hours later, was arrested again Wednesday (Aug. 21) at his Menlo Park home on 20 sexual assault charges, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Haldeman had been arrested on July 25 on two counts of "lewd and lascivious acts" with boys ranging in age from 8 to 13 years; the alleged assaults took place at his home and at the Ladera Recreation Center, where he took photos of the team, the Sheriff's Office said.

(An official at the Ladera Recreation Center declined to comment on Haldeman's role at the center when contacted by The Almanac, but several people connected with the center have challenged the Sheriff's Office's assertion that he was a swim team photographer, saying that he was merely an occasional parent volunteer among many volunteers who took photos.)

He posted bail and was released the same day, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Since his arrest, six additional people have contacted authorities to report being sexually assaulted by Haldeman, the Sheriff's Office said in a press release issued Wednesday.

"The victims' ages at the time of the assaults ranged from 6 to 16 years old," the press release says. "All the sexual assaults on the new charges were committed at Haldeman's residence in unincorporated Menlo Park."

Bail has been set at $5 million, according to Detective Rosemerry Blankswade of the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's investigators "believe there are potentially more victims out there and encourage anyone who had any contact, with the suspect, allowed him to be around their child/children, or believe anyone may have been victimized" to contact Detective Fava at 650-363-4192 or; or Detective Derespini at 650-363-4055 or, the press release says.

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Posted by Out on BAIL? July 28 Sheriff states 'tip of the iceberg'
a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2019 at 6:07 pm

He was released on bail HOURS after being arrested on July 25 on two counts of "lewd and lascivious acts" with boys ranging in age from 8 to 13 years; these are CHILDREN. And 3 days later On July 28 nearly a MONTH ago, the Sheriff’s Office heard from other people who were possibly abused, including one person from another country, said Detective Rosemerry Blankswade. “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” she said, and then proceeded to cut him loose...
I guess that standard operating procedure when the perp is a rich white guy with a resume littered with all the CEO buzzwords...CEO, Game Changer, Stanford,BSEE...AND he has top secret NSA you feel safer now?
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The justice system is not just.

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Posted by Unfortunate & Uncalled For
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 22, 2019 at 7:41 pm

>>> I guess that standard operating procedure when the perp is a rich white guy with a resume littered with all the CEO buzzwords...

I suspect that he led two lives. One as a mover & shaker in the high-tech world & another as a mover & shaker with underage boys.

It is not that uncommon as some people have their personal demons to contend with.

We have all heard of these kinds of incidents in other areas & professions as well.

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Posted by white privilege
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 22, 2019 at 8:13 pm

It's called "white privilege". Don't expect that to change any time soon.

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Posted by Unfortunate and uncalled for?
a resident of another community
on Aug 23, 2019 at 7:49 am

Are you referring to my comments as being unfortunate and uncalled for? Why is that? This guy had every advantage in the world. He deserves a very long jail sentence but what is 'unfortunate' is that he can afford the best defense lawyer, and will likely get off with a much lighter sentence than someone assigned a public defender.

Unfortunate and uncalled for...give me a break.

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Posted by Linked In
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 24, 2019 at 7:51 pm

Indicative of over-stated bragging online professional profile. Don’t believe everything people post about themselves.

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on Aug 24, 2019 at 8:47 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 25, 2019 at 9:42 pm

Resident 1-Adobe Meadows is a registered user.

This is not called white privilege. It is called a growing tolerance for rotten behavior that grows out of the Sanctuary City laws. They permeate a total disregard for the general population. Was there a judge that set the bail and let him loose? There is no mention of a judge. Time to have a new judge issue an arrest warrant and keep him in jail until his court case is scheduled. We seem to be in a position of running into people that are continually getting into real trouble then let loose on the street. We keep reading about people that are picked up for one crime then there is a list of other crimes that have occurred. Our area is becoming unsafe.

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