'Piggyback Bandit' facing new charges in New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. --- A Washington man who allegedly massaged a teenage boy's back without his permission at a New Jersey airport and handed him a note with money inside is facing child endangerment charges.
    
Port Authority police say Sherwin Shayegan touched the 14-year-old at a luggage carousel in Newark Liberty International Airport around 3:10 p.m. Friday and gave him a note that stated "This is money for letting me give you a massage. Thank you."
    
Authorities say the note also included "alarming content," but didn't provide further details.
    
Investigators tracked the 34-year-old Bothell man to a hotel near the airport.  They say he had "disturbing notes" and money in envelopes with the names of various airports in the United States written on them.
    
It wasn't known Saturday if Shayegan has retained an attorney.

Earlier this month Shayegan was filmed appearing to massage the shoulders of a high school student during a basketball tournament at Mead High School.

Tournament goers there and across town at North Central High schools reported Shayegan was giving shoulder rubs to boys. He seemed to also have been impersonating a trainer, walking out on the court and handing out water and towels.

At the time, Spokane Public School officials said they have no reason to believe he poses a physical threat to the general public.

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