Convicted felon with piggyback fetish targeting high school athletes

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by Mike Benner

NWCN.com

Posted on May 1, 2010 at 12:41 PM

WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Officials with the Oregon School Activities Association are asking all high school athletes and parents to be on the lookout for a convicted felon who is befriending student athletes and sneaking into locker rooms.

The man's name is Sherwin Shayegan.  Officials became concerned after he turned up at a basketball tournament in Pendleton.

"We received communication from several schools that this individual  had talked his way into their locker room, had pictures taken, had a ball autographed, had gone out to the parking lot and got piggyback rides from some of the players," said Tom Welter, Executive Director of OSAA.

Shayegan has since been spotted at games in Eugene, Corvallis, Salem, and Wilsonville.  Detectives say he also befriended a football player in Bonney Lake, Wash.

"The subject (Shayegan) gave him a manila envelope full of odd amounts of money, then told him, jumped on his back, and told him he wanted a piggyback ride," said Officer Terry Carter of the Bonney Lake Police Department.

Shayegan has not been convicted of any crimes involving these incidents, but he does have a criminal past.  He has been convicted of burglary, theft, and criminal trespass, and officials are worried his behavior around high school students could turn criminal.

"The health and safety of the student athletes who participate in our events is paramount to us," said Welter.

After Shayegan turned up at high school sporting events in Oregon the OSAA sent a letter to all 292 member schools.

"When we become aware of a situation like this we want to be proactive and make sure we're doing everything we can to alert our member schools about this individual," said Welter.

If you spot Shayegan at any of your high school games you are urged to notify a school official immediately.

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