Drew Drechsel, three-time winner of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” was arrested Tuesday at his home in Saint Cloud,Florida Orlando and is being accused of sexual offences involving a minor which include; manufacturing child porn,enticing a minor to travel for sex and use of interstate commerce to entice a minor, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey.
The alleged incidents began in 2015, when the girl was 15 and Drechsel was 26. She came forward in June 23,2019 with a complaint to the Cherry Hill Police Department in New Jersey,where she lived.
The girl said she met Drechsel following an event with several “American Ninja Warrior” contestants in 2014. They exchanged phone numbers and in July 2015 he invited her to his gym in Hamden, Connecticut for her 15th birthday.
Once his girlfriend left the gym,Drechsel and the girl had sex. The girl told her mother about the incident and the mom confronted Drechsel, but he claimed he was unaware of her age.However,the girl threatened to harm herself if her mother contacted the police.
Drechsel and the girl continued talking over text messages and met again in January 2016, when she was still 15 years old.He traveled from Connecticut to New Jersey, and they allegedly had sex inside his car in a parking lot.
The two also talked over Skype, where Drew directed her to do sexual acts in front of a camera. They continued to meet at a New Jersey gym until the girl was 17 years old.
Law enforcement agents found naked images and videos of the girl on Drechsel’s phone, according to the complaint. She was 14 to 16 years old when the images were taken.
If convicted,each of Drechsel’s charges carry a maximum sentence between 20 to 30 years in prison and each carries a maximum fine of $250,000.