Drew Drechsel to be Edited Out of Upcoming Season of ‘American Ninja Warrior’ After Being Arrested & Charged With Multiple Sex Crimes Against a Child

Note from The Ashley: The details below may be disturbing to some readers. 

The American Ninja Warrior community has been left reeling following the arrest of “All-Star” contestant Drew Drechsel. Drew— whose nickname is “The Real-Life Ninja”— was arrested last week in Florida and charged with four counts of child sex offenses, the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of New Jersey announced in a press release on August 4.

Drew, who participated in the soon-to-be-aired “All-Stars” season of the show and had previously won the show’s $1 million prize, will be edited out of future episodes, according to the show’s production company and NBC.

The press release gave details of Drew’s alleged crimes.

“Drechsel sought to have sex with a minor girl and traveled to New Jersey with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with that minor,” the press release reads. “He also enticed and coerced a minor to travel to Connecticut to engage in illicit sexual conduct and engaged in online sexual communications with a minor and induced her to manufacture sexually explicit images of herself and send them to Drechsel.”

The victim told investigators she met Drew when she was 14 while attending a 2014 event featuring ‘American Ninja Warrior’ contestants. The two exchanged phone numbers and began communicating via text, according to the criminal complaint, which details the abusive sexual relationship Drew is alleged to have had with the minor beginning when she was 15. (Trigger Warning: The criminal complaint linked above contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault.)  

‘American Ninja Warrior’ producers A. Smith & Co. and NBCUniversal issued a brief joint statement on August 5 in response to the charges, announcing that the show would be cutting ties with Drew and editing him out of future Season 12 episodes.

“We are shocked and disturbed to learn about the charges alleged against Drew Drechsel,” the statement, shared on the fan blog American Ninja Warrior Nation, reads. “‘American Ninja Warrior’ is a family show that has inspired countless people, and we will not let the actions of one contestant tarnish the hard work and amazing stories of so many. Moving forward, the ‘American Ninja Warrior’ brand will sever all ties with Mr. Drechsel, including his appearance on future seasons of the show.”

‘American Ninja Warrior’ contestant and coach Derek Mathews released his own long statement on the arrest on Instagram on August 6 (American Ninja Warrior Nation also has the statement in full).



On August 4, Drew’s lawyer, Frank J. Riccio II, released his own statement about the case on Twitter — and misspelled his client’s name.

“Statement on behalf of Drew Dreschel: I am representing Drew Dreschel with respect to the criminal charges filed against him. Mr. Dreschel is presumed innocent of the charges and that presumption will remain throughout the pendency of his case. He intends on entering a ‘not guilty’ please. It is respectfully requested that you respect the privacy of Mr. Dreschel and his family. All questions relating to this case can be directed to my attention.”

The following day, the lawyer posted a link to a Fox News article about the arrest on his Twitter page, with no additional comment.

If found guilty, Drew could face decades in prison, according the Justice Department press release.

“The count of use of interstate commerce to entice carries a maximum sentence of life in prison; the count of enticement to travel for illicit sexual conduct carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; the count of travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison; and the count of manufacture of child pornography carries a minimum of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison,” the press release reads. “All of the counts also carry a maximum fine of $250,000 per count.”

According to TMZ, Drew is still in custody, due to a judge ruling him to be a flight risk and danger to the community. He will be transferred by the U.S. Marshals from Florida to New Jersey, where he’s set to stand trial. 

NBC has not yet announce the premiere date for ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Season 12, but the season is expected to air in the fall. The season was reportedly filmed last month, after filming was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

(Photos: NBC, Twitter, Instagram)

9 Responses

  1. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “Trash”. Reason: Failed Bot Test (expired) *]
    What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Sounds like the mother consented, Nobody knows anything about the girl but these days 15 years old is closer to being a woman than a child.

  2. I believe Drew deserves to serve a 30 year prison term, but I also have concerns with the mother. She could have stopped this and didn’t. She is to blame as well. Interesting that they waited to report it once Drew started a family and won a million dollars.

  3. wow. just read the criminal complaint. with all that physical evidence, i don’t see how he could plead not guilty

  4. What a disgusting pig! I hope he doesn’t get a slap on the wrist like most of these perverts do and actually does prison time. And, that his girlfriend leaves him and takes their baby and cuts off all ties. The mother of the girl had a conversation with this idiot after he did this to her daughter the first time…that’s it! A conversation? He is real lucky that wasn’t my daughter because there would be no fucking conversation.

    1. I don’t think he’ll get a slap on the wrist… he crossed state lines with the purpose of having sex with a girl when she was 15 & 16. For the first time was for her 15th birthday on a blow-up mattress behind one of the ninja scaling walls in his gym. ? ? He had images of her saved on his phone of her touching herself when she was 14. He met her when she was 14. But, I wonder about the mother also. The girl told her mother immediately after she slept with him for the FIRST TIME and the mother confronted him and told him she was only 15, which he denied knowing. Yet, she was able to get away and meet with him again to have sex. I read the criminal complaint. Very disturbing.

      1. I looked up his age, he would have been around 24 or 25 at the time.
        When my find out my just 15 year old daughter had sex with a 24 or 25 year old man and he started to work her towards that at 14, there’s going to be hell. When the police wouldn’t arrest and charge him after I reported him, he wouldn’t be safe.

        1. Says he was 26 at the time. Not sure if that’s when they first met or first time he assaulted her. Doesn’t much matter, 25 and 26 is still a grown ass man attacking a child. ? Wonder how his gf/baby’s mother feels about this. In the texts, it talks about him sneaking around her and meeting up woth the girl when she wasn’t around. What a pedo scumbag.

          1. Sounds like the Dahvie Vanity scandal. He actually had mothers bring their daughters to him. Smh

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