I will never understand why anyone would risk a life of freedom to have sex with an underage girls .........its wrong on many levels.......plus its pedophilia ......pure and simple...... there are laws in place for reasons .....but just because you like someone young......... should not be trying to have sex with them ......we are civilized society ...well meant to be!!!! ....but this idiot has just thrown his life ....... away i guess he thought she would not rat him out .......looks like jail time and no more fame ......
David Becker/NBC Drew Drechsel
Last year's American Ninja Warrior champion has been accused of attempting to have sex with an underage girl and manufacturing child pornography.
Drew Drechsel, 31, was arrested at his home in Florida on Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office of the District of New Jersey announced in a press release Tuesday.
The charges against him include manufacture of child pornography, enticement of a minor to travel for illicit sexual conduct, travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, and use of interstate commerce to entice a minor, according to the press release.
Drechsel began a sexual relationship with a teenage girl in 2014 after they met at an event with several American Ninja Warrior contestants, according to the criminal complaint.
The two exchanged phone numbers at that event and began texting. Drechsel, then 26, arranged for the girl — who lived in New Jersey at the time — to visit his gym in Hamden, Connecticut, in July 2015 as a present for her 15th birthday. The two exchanged text messages about "plans for sexual activity" leading up to her visit, according to the complaint.
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During the visit to the gym, Drechsel and the girl allegedly had sex after his girlfriend left and they were alone. The girl told her mother about it the following day, according to the complaint.
When the girl's mother confronted Drechsel, he allegedly "did not deny the sexual activity, but rather stated he did not know her age at the time."
The following January, Drechsel texted the girl that he was traveling to New Jersey and set up another meeting to have sex. The girl claimed that they had sex several more times between the time she was 15 and 17 years old, according to the complaint, in addition to Skype sessions.
Photos and video footage of the girl was found by investigators on Drechsel's old cell phone, according to the complaint.