Francis Ngissah reportedly sold parents on a dream that their child would get the training needed to excel in the basketball world.
The school he started was CCSE Preparatory School. It was run out of a normal-looking house in Roseville. Around eight students are reported to have lived in that home with Ngissah.
Four of the students walked into the Roseville Police Department saying they had been abused by Ngissah.
“Having their hands and feet bound with zip ties for extended periods of time, clothes pins were attached to their nipples,” said Roseville Police Sgt. Darin DeFreece.
Alleged punishments that parents weren’t expecting when they shelled out up to $15,000 a year to Ngissah. Ngissah was arrested, and is currently out on bond. He is charged with a felony that could land him in prison for up to five years.
“We have evidence that some acts did occur,” said DeFreece.
A former co-worker said the suspect lured teen athletes from other countries like Russia, France, Canada and Brazil. We spoke exclusively with a former academy coach, who said Ngisssah would go on recruiting trips and sell parents on a dream.
“There were some things that were said that were going to happen that would end up not happening,” said Keith Moss.
While Moss’s name is still on the website as a coach, he says he left back in September.
“I just saw some things I wasn’t comfortable with, so I backed out,” said Moss.
He never witnessed any abuse, but at least one neighbor reports seeing a hungry, crying teen on the front lawn forced to borrow a phone just to call home for help.
Police say they’ve been watching CCSE Prep for awhile.
“Prior complaints in regards to some academic issues and whether or not it was a real program or not,” said DeFreece.
Neighbors grew suspicious, too. Ngissah told them he graduated from Harvard, that his father was a judge and his uncle was the police chief of Roseville. None of which are true.
The landlord told FOX40 that he served eviction papers on Ngissah Thursday. He apparently hadn’t paid rent in five months. He also said Ngissah gave him bad checks.