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Citrus Heights sex offender arrested after offering basketball lessons to Hayward teens

Melvin Flemings
Melvin Flemings Hayward Police Department

A man identified as a registered sex offender from Citrus Heights has been arrested in Hayward after offering to provide teenagers with basketball lessons through his membership in a local gym.

Melvin Flemings, 28, was taken into custody by Hayward police Friday. Flemings, who indicated he was associated with an organization called Evolution Basketball, approached the teens and offered them private lessons, according to a Police Department news release. One of the teens told his parent and they both met with Flemings to discuss the lessons. Flemings later told the parent he was planning to attend the Mount Eden High School basketball game that evening.

The parent became suspicious and ran an internet search for the name Flemings originally gave, Melvin Allen. The search revealed that his true name was Melvin Flemings and that he was a registered sex offender, the news release said.

The parent notified Hayward police and told them Flemings planned to attend the high school basketball game. Officers were waiting for him at the school and arrested him on suspicion of failing to notify a parent or guardian of sex registration when applying for a position of employment, and failing to notify and receive permission from a school principal regarding his sex registration status, the news release said.

Police stressed that Flemings was not employed by Mount Eden High School or the Hayward Unified School District.

Flemings pleaded no contest in Sacramento Superior Court in 2011 to employing, coercing or using a minor in the production of obscene material, according to court records available online.

Roseville police arrested Flemings in July 2017 for allegedly sending inappropriate texts to children while he serving as a private basketball coach at a city sports facility, according to a Police Department news release issued at the time.

Flemings, known as “Coach Allen,” offered lessons at the Roseville Sports Center. He was a customer at the center, according to Roseville police, and arranged for players to meet him there for individual or group lessons.

He was not an employee of the Roseville Sports Center and was not authorized to give to give lessons, police said. He did not have a city permit, which is a requirement for private coaches who want to use the Roseville facility.

If you have information about any of these people, please call 800-222-7463 or 916-443-4357, or report online at crimealert.org.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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