According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the New Jersey, Drechsel, 31, who won the last season of NBC’s athletic competition show, was arrested in his Florida home and is charged for having an inappropriate relationship with an underage girl.
According to the official press release, Drechsel travelled to New Jersey to engage in sexual activity with a minor. Plus, he also encouraged the girl to send him inappropriate pictures of her.
He is facing the charges for manufacturing of child pornography, enticement of a minor to travel for illicit sexual conduct, among other crimes. According to the official documents, Drechsel and his victim met in 2014 at the filming of American Ninja Warrior.
They exchanged numbers and started texting each other. After that Drechsel invited the girl to his Connecticut gym where they engaged in sexual behaviour.
When he was confronted about the incident from the victim’s mother he did not deny the sexual behaviour but said that he didn’t know her age at that time. Plus the girl continued to meet him several times in 2014. They continued speaking with each other until June 2019.
His lawyer posted a statement on Twitter stating “Mr Drechsel is presumed innocent of the charges and that presumption will remain throughout the pendency on entering a not guilty plea. It is respectfully requested that you respect the privacy of Mr Drechsel and his family.”