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"Piggyback Bandit" Convicted in Loudoun County



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    In this image taken from Feb. 4, 2012, security camera footage provided by Bismarck Schools, a man identified as Sherwin Shayegan of Bothell, Washington, dressed in a basketball uniform, stands in a hallway at Century High School in Bismarck, North Dakota.

    The piggyback bandit is going to jail in Loudoun County, Virginia.

    Sherwin Shayegan was found guilty of assault and battery and sentenced to 12 months in jail with 10 months suspended. He was placed on supervised probation, and he must complete a mental health evaluation after serving his sentence.

    Shayegan grabbed the arm of a player at a high school hockey game in Ashbur, authorities said. He then tried to get the player into a locker room, investigators said.

    Shayegan got the nickname piggyback bandit because he jumped on the backs of players.

    He unlawfully touched athletes in the locker rooms at various sports events, police said.

    Shayegen has spent years travelling from state to state posing as an adult member of a high school sports team, touching players and asking for piggyback rides.

    His mother has told reporters her son has Asperger's syndrome and is compulsively reliving his years as a high school sports team manager.