Detectives arrested Francis Amiteye Ngissah, 24, (pictured) of Roseville on suspicion of inflicting corporal punishment on three teenagers and one young adult. The youths reported the punishment to Roseville police on Tuesday.
The students said they had been subjected to physical punishment, including being required to stand in the corner while restrained by zip ties and being pinched with the clothes pins.
They were boarding with Ngissah at his home on Woodleaf Circle in Roseville at the time of the alleged abuse.
After an investigation, Ngissah, listed as CCSE Preparatory Academy's president on its website, was booked on suspicion of child abuse involving cruel corporal punishment and willful cruelty, battery and false imprisonment.
CCSE Prep is described as a private college preparatory school for basketball athletes. According to CCSE Prep's website, the school's "intent is on developing the values, attitudes and skills of 21st century student athletes so that they can effectively take their place as future professional basketball leaders and contributors to their community and global society as a whole."
Three of those who complained to authorities about their treatment are from foreign countries. Ngissah has been released from jail after posting $100,000 bail.
The three teens were placed with child protective authorities. The young adult is living with someone other than Ngissah.