Drew Drechsel Gets 10-Year Sentence for Child S-x Crimes

Shocking scandal ends athlete's television career prematurely

by Zain ul Abedin
Drew Drechsel Gets 10-Year Sentence for Child S-x Crimes
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Drew Drechsel, aged 35, was apprehended in August, 2020 from his home in Florida after claims of a s-xual relationship with the minor dating back to 2014. The victim was between 14 and 15 years old at the time of the incidents and allegedly knew Drechsel from a parkour competition.

They engaged in the relationship and it resulted in charges including receipt of child pornography and enticement of a minor for illicit s-xual conduct, the United States Attorney’s Office District of New Jersey. On the 1st of June, 2023, Drew Drechsel entered a guilty plea for both charges.

It was on June 26, 2024 when he was finally sentenced to 121 months in prison as the end of the legal processes. Along with the prison sentence, Judge Bumb also granted 15 years of supervised release and required Drew Drechsel to pay $100000 in restitution to the victim.

These investigations showed that Drew Drechsel started this illicit relationship while residing in Hamden, Connecticut, before moving to Saint Cloud, Florida. Police learned about child abuse material on Drechsel’s cell phone and, in addition to that, files containing messages exchanged between him and the victim.

NBC Cuts Ties

The executive producers of NBC, the network, airing ‘American Ninja Warrior’ expressed their disappointment in Drechsel’s actions pointing out that the show is a family entertainment show aimed at showcasing daring feats.

We were alarmed by these actions unfolding,’ NBC said to The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that it will not allow Drew Drechsel to continue working with the show and will not include him in the subsequent seasons.

The legal cases against Drew Drechsel have sparked debates on the roles and regard towards self-governance and screening of media talent. ‘American Ninja Warrior’ has reaffirmed its stance on ensuring that proper standards of conduct, which embrace a healthy and favorable climate that is expected of any competition’s participants and fans, are upheld.