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A 30-year-old motocross circus stuntman who’s jailed on child rape charges may be involved in a number of unsolved sex crimes involving minors in a several states, officials said.
Ryan Andrew Meyung, who is being held in Tennessee on a trio of child rape charges and two counts of aggravated kidnapping, is now being investigated by federal authorities as a serial child rapist.
Meyung, an amateur motocross stuntman and youth mentor, was arrested in December.
According to his arrest affidavit in that case, two of the victims were siblings aged 10 and 11 years old, Chattanooga, Tennessee television station WTVC reported.
On Dec. 10, Meyung allegedly took the two boys to a bus belonging to Ryan to “talk about dirt bike stuff,” investigators said. He later locked the doors and sexually assaulted one of the two boys. The children later managed to flee the vehicle. As they fled the bus, Meyung shouted, “Don’t tell your dad,” the affidavit alleged.
Meyung operated the Indiana-based company “Live Your Dreams MX.” His work involved him traveling throughout the U.S. as well as internationally, holding motocross camps and constructing motocross tracks, prosecutors said. The 30-year-old has ties with multiple youth organizations and ministries.
On Monday, Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston held a press conference announcing that Meyung is now suspected of child sex crimes in nearly a dozen states, including Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Homeland Security Investigations is now assisting county authorities, Pinkson said.
Law enforcement officials are urging additional potential victims to come forward, as well as others whose families may have had contact with Meyung in recent years.
"Unfortunately, we believe there may be more victims connected with this case in multiple states" Pinkston told Oxygen.com in a statement. "If you have any information related to Meyung's arrest, or if you suspect that your child might be one of his victims, you are encouraged to call law enforcement as soon as possible."
Officials didn’t disclose what specific new evidence investigators had accrued that led them to suspect Meyung had possibly victimized other minors in those particular states. The Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office declined to release additional details regarding the case on Wednesday.
Meyung told police he works as a motorcycle stunt rider for a traveling circus company, according to the case’s affidavit. Police documents described him as a “known transient” who has no permanent address.
Prior to his arrest, he had been residing in a mobile camper near Chattanooga Motocross Park in Ringgold, Georgia, authorities said. He infrequently worked as a delivery driver in Tennessee.
“He has resided with local families in areas where he builds motocross tracks and performs motocross camps for children or lives out of a bus he co-owned with another unnamed individual,” the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office added.
The Facebook page for Meyung’s motocross company appears to have been disabled. Efforts to contact his family on Wednesday regarding the allegations pertaining to the open case were unsuccessful.
According to the case’s charging documents, Ryan Meyung solicited family to remotely delete digital evidence from his mobile device and iCloud account.
His twin brother, Bryan Meyung, as well as a woman named Marisa Davis allegedly attempted to reach out to Google and Facebook on his behalf in order to terminate other online accounts following his arrest, charging documents stated. The pair was charged with evidence tampering in the case.
Meyung is currently being held at Silverdale Detention Center, pending further investigation, officials said. Attorney information wasn’t immediately available for him. His next court date is set for March 8 in Hamilton County General Sessions Court.
Anyone with additional information related to the ongoing investigation is encouraged to call the Homeland Security Investigations Tip Line at at 866-347-2423.
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