The 31-year-old has been charged with the manufacture of child pornography and enticement of a minor to travel for illicit sexual conduct, as well as, travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, and use of interstate commerce to entice a minor, per the release.
He was arrested in Florida, where he made his initial appearance in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, before being transferred to the District of New Jersey.
According to the complaint, Drechsel, then 26, met the alleged victim in 2014 when they swapped phone numbers and began texting.
In 2016, the documents allege that Drechsel traveled to New Jersey, where he picked up the minor, took her to a restaurant parking lot and had sex with her again.
The victim alleged that they had sex several more times when she was between the ages of 15 and 17, and they had video chats, in which he allegedly told her “to be nude and directed her to masturbate so he could view it,” the complaint reads.
The female claimed she met Drechsel after a 2014 event that was attended by several American Ninja Warrior contestants. She said they exchanged phone numbers and began texting each other, which allegedly continued until June 2019.
According to the criminal complaint, Drechsel and the young woman exchanged text messages on July 6, 2015, when she was 15 years old, about her traveling from her home in New Jersey to his gym in Hamden, Conn. The messages allegedly contained plans for sexual activity. She also claimed she and Drechsel discussed the visit as her 15th “birthday present.”
“Mr. Drechsel is presumed innocent of the charges and that presumption will remain throughout the pendency of his case,” said the message. “He intends on entering a ‘not guilty’ plea.”