ROSEVILLE, CA - Five students allege bizarre physical abuse and false imprisonment by the coach and president of a Roseville college preparatory basketball academy.
Roseville police arrested Francis Ngissah, 24, and charged him with cruelty to minors and battery of an adult. Detective Sgt. Darin DeFreece said Ngissah had been running the CCSE Prep Academy and housing out of his Woodleaf Circle home since September.
"Two days ago, four students came into our lobby and alleged they suffered physical abuse from their coach/host father and that he was kind of punishing them in unusual ways," DeFreece said.
The students, ages 15 and 17 from France, a 17 year-old from Sacramento and a 20-year-old from Brazil, reported being restrained by zip-ties and forced to stand in a corner for hours. They also allege Ngissah would attach clothes pins to their nipples and would time out the torture for as long as 56 minutes.
Neighbors said they would see the teens outside crying that they wanted to call home, but were told they couldn't.
"Every family has children on this block and we've all been concerned," neighbor Debbie Griffin said. "Let's just say our kids don't trick or treat there. It's labeled 'the bad house."
Roseville police said former student from Canada has also come forward with abuse allegations.
DeFreece said Ngissah appears to be the only employee of CCSE Prep Academy and detectives are investigating its credibility. DeFreece said Ngissah would recruit students mostly through Facebook and other web connections and hold basketball practices at local gyms.
Ngissah posted $100,000 bond.