Former Monterey Batting Cages Owner Commits Suicide While Pending Charges for Child Molestation

Salinas, CA…Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni announced today that David Russel Stamm, age 59, of Pacific Grove, was found dead on October 30, 2021 in Red Bluff, California of an apparent suicide.
The defendant faced charges of committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14. It was alleged that in the summer of 2005, the defendant committed lewd and lascivious acts on John Doe #1.

These acts involved inappropriate touching as well as encouragement by the defendant to have John Doe #1 masturbate with a sex toy in the defendant’s presence. It was also alleged that in 1998 and 1999 the defendant committed lewd and lascivious acts with John Doe #2 by masturbating and orally copulating him. The defendant faced additional enhancements for committing a sex offence against more than one victim and for substantial sexual conduct with a victim under the age of 14. The defendant faced a maximum indeterminant sentence of 90 years to life in prison.

The defendant previously faced charges that alleged he molested another child victim in the year 2000. A jury trial was conducted in 2008 and a mistrial was declared after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. A second trial was held in 2009 which also ended with the jury deadlocked. Charges were dismissed before a third jury trial was conducted. The People anticipated presenting evidence from these prior trials in the current prosecution.

The defendant had access to children including these victims due to his status as a little league coach and owner of the Monterey Cages baseball practice and sporting goods business.

The current case was investigated by Pacific Grove Police Detective Paul Nagamine, the FBI Washington Field Office Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Task Force, as well as other law enforcement personnel.