Sheriff: Taekwondo instructor accused of sex crime with another boy

Sheriff: Taekwondo instructor accused of sex crime with another boy

CRAVEN COUNTY - A Craven County taekwondo instructor has been indicted this week for allegedly committing a sex crime against a third boy.

According to the Craven County Sheriff's Office, Charles Phillip Drake, 29, of River Bend, was indicted Monday with indecent liberties with a minor. The indictment is in reference to a different child victim than the other two boys he's accused of committing sex crimes against, the Sheriff's Office stated.

The victim in the latest indictment was younger than 16 when the crime happened, but an exact age was not listed. The alleged crime happened some time between June 14, 2009 to June 14 2012, indictment documents show.

Sheriff Jerry Monette said investigators are continuing to interview different people and in doing so, they are finding more names of potential victims.

"We are finding that this has been going on for a long period of time. Some of our victims were actually assaulted at the ages of 14 and 15, and now, they're 20 years old," Sheriff Monette explained.

Sheriff Monette told NewsChannel 12 he doesn't see an end in sight with this investigation, but his department will continue to work hard to bring a resolution to this case.

"The next grand jury session, I'm pretty confident there will be an additional indictment for another victim we are working on right now," Monette said.

Drake continues to be jailed under a $600,000 bond. His next court appearance on the new charge is scheduled for April 22.

No other details have been released on the latest indictment. The investigation is ongoing.


Drake was first arrested on Feb. 16 and charged with sex offense against a child for allegedly engaging in a sex act with a 14-year-old boy, the Sheriff's Office said.  Warrants showed that the crime happened some time between May 1, 2012 and Nov. 30, 2013.

Drake was then indicted in March with another count of statutory rape / sex offense against a person younger than 16., indictment documents showed. The sex crime associated with that charge occurred between December 2010 and November 2013, according to the documents. That victim was also a 14-year-old boy at the time of the crime, investigators said.

One of the relationships went on for years, , said Sheriff Jerry Monette.

"[Drake] developed social acquaintances with the family members. Then once they began feeling comfortable with him, as far as allowing their children to be with him without supervision, [that was when the incidents occurred]," Monette told NewsChannel 12 in March.

According to Monette, Drake met the 14-year-old boys through taekwondo.  He took at least one victim outside the U.S., where they performed a sex act, Monette said. The FBI may become involved in this case, said Monette.

"[The victims'] families are very traumatized, the children are traumatized," Monette said.

Although Drake has now officially been indicted for allegedly committing sex crimes against three minors, there could have been up to eight victims, Monette said in a previous interview.

Drake was an instructor with Asian Taekwondo, which contracts out the Twin Rivers YMCA's aerobics room. But Drake was not a YMCA employee.

The alleged sex crimes did not take place at the YMCA, deputies had said. It's unclear whether Drake met his victims through his taekwondo work at the YMCA or through his private taekwondo coaching sessions, according to an investigator.

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. There is no evidence that Drake met any victims through that coaching job either, an investigator said.

Deputies said the investigation first began when they 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.

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