Drechsel is charged with manufacturing child pornography, inducing a minor to travel for illicit sex, among other crimes.
Official documents indicate that Drechsel and his victim met in 2014 during a filming of American ninja warrior. They exchanged phone numbers and started to text each other. Drechsel invited the girl to his Connecticut gym where they engaged in sexual behavior, the report details.
When the girl’s mother told Drechsel about the incident, the report explains that the American ninja warrior The then 26-year-old star “did not deny the sexual activity, but instead said he knew her age at the time.” Drechsel and the girl continued to meet several times after 2014. They continued to talk to each other until June 2019.
Dreschel’s attorney, Frank J. Riccio II, posted a statement on Twitter on behalf of the athlete.
“Sir. Drechsel is presumed innocent of the charges and this presumption will remain for the duration of his trial. He intends to plead ‘not guilty’, ”the lawyer wrote. “It is respectfully requested that you respect the privacy of Mr. Drechsel and his family.”
Drechsel and Riccio were not readily available for comment.