A taekwondo instructor accused of engaging in a sex act with a teen boy has been indicted on a second charge involving another underage victim, records show.
Charles Phillip Drake, 29, of River Bend, was indicted by a grand jury Monday on a second count of statutory rape / sex offense with a person younger than 16, according to indictment documents. He was served with the indictment on Tuesday and remains in the Craven County Jail.
The indictment states the sex crime associated with the new charge occurred between December 2010 and November 2013. The alleged victim was between 13 and 15 years old, the documents show.
No other details on the latest charge have been released.
Drake was previously charged in February with sex offense against a child because he allegedly engaged in a sexual act with a 14-year-old boy some time between May 1, 2012 and Nov. 30, 2013, according to warrants from the Craven County Sheriff's Office.
Drake was scheduled to be in court Wednesday for a bond hearing. But it has been canceled due to the indictments. Drake's lawyer, Marcus Chesnutt, can request a new hearing.
When asked on Tuesday about the indictments and new charge, Chesnutt said he had not had a chance to review the latest allegations.
Drake is an instructor with Asian Taekwondo, which contracts out the Twin Rivers YMCA's aerobics room, said YMCA CEO Todd Shuart.
Drake was also an assistant boys varsity basketball coach at The Epiphany School in New Bern until the season ended early this year, according to Headmaster David Wang. Drake is no longer employed at The Epiphany School and none of its students were victims, Wang told NewsChannel 12.
Deputies said they arrested Drake on Feb. 16 at the New Bern YMCA, where he was playing basketball. Drake had recently returned from Canada and investigators said they wanted to arrest him before he went to a taekwando championship in Las Vegas.
The alleged sex crimes did not take place at the YMCA or The Epiphany School campus, officials said. But multiple boys were involved and more charges are expected as the investigation continues, the Sheriff's Office stated.
Deputies said they initially received a complaint of underage kids drinking at a Craven County home. But investigators said they later learned from some of the children that there were "more to it than drinking."
Three teens told NewsChannel 12 that Drake did give them alcohol at parties he had hosted. But those teens said Drake did not commit sex crimes.
Three teenagers tell NewsChannel 12 that sex-crime suspect Charles Phillip Drake gave them alcohol at parties he hosted at a Creekview Road home.
Those same teens believe Drake is innocent of the sex act he is accused of committing against a 14-year-old boy.
"I probably met him when I was about 14, playing basketball at the [New Bern YMCA]," said a 19-year-old male who says Drake usually hosted gatherings once a month. The teen asked not to be identified.
"Sometimes we'd just watch movies [at the parties], sometimes we'd play beer pong," the teen said.
But the teen believes Drake is innocent.
"I don't think he would do it," he said.
NewsChannel 12 spoke with two other teenagers who echoed those sentiments.
A judge on Wednesday reduced the bond for Drake,a onetime taekwondo instructor and former assistant boys basketball coach at the Epiphany School in New Bern.
The lawyer for the 29-year-old Drake appeared in court in New Bern on Drake's behalf. The judge lowered Drake's bond from $500,000 to $300,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 12.
Drake, of River Bend, is charged with sex offense against a child, according to the Craven County Sheriff's Office. Warrants show that he allegedly engaged in a sexual act with a 14-year-old boy some time between May 1, 2012 and Nov. 30, 2013.
Multiple boys were involved and more charges are expected as the investigation continues, the Sheriff's Office stated.