Sherwin Shayegan, 34, may be one of the truly creepiest individuals to make it on a police blotter, if New Jersey prosecutors are correct. Shayegan gave a 14-year-old boy a spontaneous massage at the Newark International Airport last Friday as he sat near a luggage carousel. He then gave the boy a note with a $10 bill. It turns out that Shayegan has a long, bizarre, and deeply disturbing history.
The Port Authority police said that the note to the boy simply read This is money for letting me give you a massage. Thank you.” Police also say that the note contained “alarming content.” Whatever that content, it was enough from police to track Shayegan down at a hotel near the airport. They found envelopes with the names of different airports and more weird notes.
New Jersey police soon discovered that Shayegan had a record in Washington State. Some five states appear to have issued warnings at schools after Shayegan showed up at sporting events and convinced athletes to give him a piggyback, according to the New York Daily News reports. That led to his nickname as the “piggyback bandit.” He would pretend to be a volunteer and try to give boys massages or jump on their backs after showers, He is banned from schools in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Washington and Oregon.
You can see Shayegan in a school uniform in this article.
I have tried to determine the charge which would likely be endangerment and/or assault. However, based on a back rub, he could argue implied consent or non-sexual contact.