American Ninja Warrior Winner Drew Drechsel, 31, is arrested on child sex and ...

Last year’s winner of American Ninja warrior has been arrested on a series of child sex crime charges, including luring an underage girl for sex and manufacturing child pornography.

Andrew ‘Drew’ Drechsel, 31, was arrested at his home in St. Cloud, Florida on Tuesday, the US Attorney's Office of the District of New Jersey announced in a press release.

Known by his nickname ‘the Real Life Ninja’, Drechsel allegedly began a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl in New Jersey back in 2015, documents obtained by DailyMail.com show.

Then 26, Drechsel apparently met the alleged victim a year earlier at an American Ninja Warrior contestant event, where they exchanged numbers and began texting one another. 

Andrew ‘Drew’ Drechsel, 31, was arrested at his home in St. Cloud, Florida on Tuesday, the US Attorney's Office of the District of New Jersey announced in a press release

Andrew ‘Drew’ Drechsel, 31, was arrested at his home in St. Cloud, Florida on Tuesday, the US Attorney's Office of the District of New Jersey announced in a press release

During her visit to the gym, Drechsel (right) and the girl reportedly became intimate inside his officer after his girlfriend, April Beckner(left), left the premises.

During her visit to the gym, Drechsel (right) and the girl reportedly became intimate inside his officer after his girlfriend, April Beckner(left), left the premises.

Known by his nickname ‘the Real Life Ninja’, Drechsel allegedly began a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl in New Jersey back in 2015, documents obtained by DailyMail.com show

Known by his nickname ‘the Real Life Ninja’, Drechsel allegedly began a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl in New Jersey back in 2015, documents obtained by DailyMail.com show

During their purported correspondence, Drechsel is said to have arranged for the girl – who lived in New Jersey at the time – to visit his gym, the Real Life Ninja Academy, in Hamden, Connecticut in July 2015 as a present for her 15th birthday.

The pair exchanged text messages about ‘plans for sexual activity’ in the lead up to her visit, the complaint states.

During her visit to the gym, Drechsel and the girl reportedly became intimate inside his office after his girlfriend, April Beckner, left the premises.

Prosecutors say Drechsel laid out a mattress and blanket behind a wall in his office where he allegedly had sex with the teen.

The girl told her mother about the alleged sexual encounter later the same day. When the mother confronted Drechsel about the incident, she claims he ‘did not deny the sexual activity, but rather stated he did not know her age at the time.’

Just weeks later, Drechsel contacted the victim again where they discussed having sexual relations again, prosecutors say.

 The Ninja Warrior champion allegedly told the victim that the next time they met, unlike on the previous occasion they would not have ‘time to deal with [victim’s] shyness and timidity.’

The teen is said to have confessed that though she was nervous it wouldn’t happen again.

‘PSH, we’ll see I guess,’ Drechsel is said to have responded, to which the girl said she’d ‘be better’ for him the next time they met.

During their purported correspondence, Drechsel is said to have arranged for the girl – who lived in New Jersey at the time – to visit his gym, the Real Life Ninja Academy (seen above), in Hamden, Connecticut in July 2015 as a present for her 15th birthday

During their purported correspondence, Drechsel is said to have arranged for the girl – who lived in New Jersey at the time – to visit his gym, the Real Life Ninja Academy (seen above), in Hamden, Connecticut in July 2015 as a present for her 15th birthday

Drechsel, who made the winning rope climb for Team USA in the 2019 ‘USA vs. the World’ American Ninja Warrior competition, and who also participated on Team USA in the 2020 competition, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for use of interstate commerce to entice a minor

Drechsel, who made the winning rope climb for Team USA in the 2019 ‘USA vs. the World’ American Ninja Warrior competition, and who also participated on Team USA in the 2020 competition, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for use of interstate commerce to entice a minor

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