SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Students and parents packed a courtroom Tuesday in support of an El Camino High School coach who has been accused of molesting a player.

Some parents shed tears as 22-year-old freshman basketball coach Melvin Flemings faced charges of distributing child pornography and molesting a boy.

“I cannot stress enough that Melvin has been falsely accused and that a grave injustice has occurred,” said parent Holly Tenge. “He’s the type of adult you want your child to spend time with. He has shown nothing but respect for the team and their parents.”

Parents said they consider Flemings to be a role model and can’t believe he would be responsible for the crimes.

Flemings allegedly sexually assaulted a player after befriending him over the summer, authorities said. Investigators are looking into the possibility that other alleged victims have yet to come forward.

The coach had been held on $50,000 bail, but he is now eligible for bail due to the charges against him. Flemings’ next court date is scheduled for Thursday.

Comments (64)
  1. T- DAT says:

    I think this whole thing is very funny. I have been involved in this from the beginning and is one of the ones who got him investigated. this guy is a total creeper. Yea he may not look like it from the outsine but behind closed doors and basketball sleepovers his true colors shine bright. It’s going to be sad once the pictures he has taken surface and all the parents that stuck up for melvin will have to be told that their son is in all sorts of pictures. Ask your son if they have ever heard of a Lauren Foxx or Lauren Cauldwell. melvins fake myspace accound and facebook account

  2. Justice says:

    I just hope representatives from El Camino High and those assistant coaches and parents/students who were at the courthouse back in February supporting this criminal when he was first arrested send a formal apology to the victimized children. Their unwavering support for this coach in the beginning and their harassing remarks, i.e. that short-haired blonde woman who spoke on the news as if these kids were lying, should cause them to feel pretty damn stupid right now. How dare they persecute the innocent and their families for stepping forward with this in the beginning. Did they bother talking to the families to hear their side before they unjustly accused the kids of lying? These 6 children who came forward and pressed charges are HEROES. They have saved countless other children from being molested and abused by this criminal, as has the sheriff’s department and DA’s office. Bravo to them. And shame on the El Camino community for not supporting and defending the children and their families when this happened.

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