Drew Drechel, the 2019 “American Ninja Warrior” champion, has been charged with child sex offenses, the New Jersey District Attorney’s US Attorney’s Office said in a press release Tuesday.
The 31-year-old is accused of producing child pornography to travel for unlawful sexual conduct and molesting a minor, as well as traveling with the intent to engage in illegal sexual behavior with a minor and Used interstate commerce. To issue, to lure a minor.
He was arrested in Florida, where he made his initial appearance in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida, before relocating to the district of New Jersey.
According to the complaint, Drechel, 26, met the alleged victim in 2014 when they swapped phone numbers and started texting.
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In July of 2015, when the minor was about 15 years old, he traveled to Drechel’s gym, where the two allegedly had sex after Dreisel’s girlfriend left the property. According to the complaint, the alleged victim told her mother about the encounter the next day.
According to the complaint, the mother confronted Dretchell, who allegedly “did not deny sexual activity, but rather said he did not know her age at the time.”
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In 2016, documents allege that Drechel traveled to New Jersey, where she picked up the minor, took him to a restaurant parking lot and had sex with him again.
The victim alleged that he had sex several times between the ages of 15 and 17, and they had video chats in which he allegedly told her to “get naked and direct her to masturbate so that she could see him.” Saka, ”the complaint reads.
According to the complaint, several pictures and a video of a minor allegedly doing so were found on an old phone belonging to Dretchell.
The first photo was taken in March 2015, when the victim was 14 years old, and several others were later dated, indicating that she was 15 or 16 when the picture was taken. There appears to be a video recorded by Drechsel, taken in December 2015, when the victim was just 15 years old, according to the complaint.
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Frank J., attorney for Drexel. Riccio II released a statement on Twitter and declined to comment further when Fox News arrived.
“Mr. Dretchell is presumed innocent of the charges and the presumption that the pendency of his case will remain across the country,” Sandesh said. “He intends to file a ‘not guilty’ plea.”
If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.