Former coach arrested on sex charges

July 21, 2008 1:35:33 PM PDT
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli on Monday announced the arrest of a former youth basketball coach on charges of sex abuse. Thirty-four-year-old Adam Melzer is charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Authorities say four males, ranging in age from 16 to 18 years old, disclosed to detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office and the Teaneck Police Department that Melzer had persuaded them to provide him with naked photos of themselves.

The victims reportedly stated that the conversations they had with Melzer regarding the photos he requested, as well as the actual taking of the photos, took place in 2006 and 2007 when Melzer was a supervisor at a youth basketball program in River Edge, where they served as volunteers.

Melzer also served as a coach on various basketball teams that the victims had played on at one time. Police say formal statements were obtained from each victim.

Melzer reportedly surrendered himself at the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office in Paramus, New Jersey, on Friday.

Bail was set at $50,000.