CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A man arrested for allegedly raping a child last month in Tennessee may have been a victim in nine other states, a prosecutor said Monday.
Ryan Andrew Meyung, 30, was charged in December with child rape, aggravated kidnapping and other related charges, Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston said in a statement.
An investigation led to local law enforcement cooperating with Homeland Security Investigations, and all agencies believe there may be more victims in Tennessee as well as Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky , Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, the statement said.
Meyung runs an Indiana-based business called Live Your Dreams MX, which involves him traveling around the United States building motor racing tracks and teaching and instructing kids how to ride motorcycles , Pinkston said.
In addition, Meyung has relationships with several youth-oriented organizations and youth ministries. Pinkston’s office declined to name the organizations, but said connections have helped Meyung travel around the country.
Following stories about Meyung’s arrest, individuals from other states contacted case investigators about potential criminal law violations involving Meyung and the other children, Pinkston said.
WTVC-TV reports Tennessee’s allegation involving three children. An affidavit said the two children accused Meyung of locking them in a bus and sexually assaulting one of them, according to the station. Another child told his father that he had misbehaved with Meyung, a family friend, WTVC-TV reported.
Pinkston urges anyone with information on Meyung to contact Homeland Security.
Meyung remains imprisoned in Hamilton County, southeast Tennessee. It is not yet clear whether he has a lawyer.
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