Roseville basketball prep program leader charged with cruelty to children

By: Staff report
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Roseville police say three teenage boys and one young adult were subjected to cruel bodily punishment while boarding with a college prep basketball program in Roseville.

Francis Amiteye Ngissah, 24, of Roseville, was arrested Wednesday evening after the youths reported to Roseville police that they had been subjected to physical punishment, including being required to stand in a corner for long periods of time while restrained by zip-ties, and having clothes pins attached to their nipples.

The boys, three of whom are foreign exchange students, were enrolled in CCSE Prep Academy, an organization advertised as a private college preparatory school for basketball athletes. They were boarding with Ngissah at his Woodleaf Circle home. A video on the program’s website says he’s president and CEO of the program, which charges $10,000 for tuition and $5,000 for room and board.

The three boys and young man first reported the unusual punishment to Roseville police the afternoon of Jan. 8. After an investigation, detectives arrested Ngissah on suspicion of child abuse involving cruel corporal punishment and willful cruelty, battery and false imprisonment. He has since been released from the Placer County Jail after posting a $100,000 bail bond.

The three juveniles were released to the custody of child protective authorities, and the young adult made other living arrangements.  No other students were living at Ngissah’s home at the time of the arrests.

Detectives believe that there may be additional victims who left the program previously. Anyone who has information that would assist in this investigation is asked to call the Roseville Police Department’s investigation unit at (916) 774-5070.