Fmr. coach/taekwondo instructor pleads guilty to sex offenses

Charles Drake (file image)

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – The Craven County District Attorney’s Office announced a former assistant basketball coach and taekwondo instructor pleaded guilty to sex offenses involving three minors.

In 2014, deputies started investigating a tip about underage drinking at a home owned by Charles Drake’s mother in New Bern. The investigation took a turn when deputies say they discovered Drake engaged in sex acts involving teenagers he met when he worked as a taekwondo instructor.

Drake worked with Asian Taekwondo and held classes at the Twin Rivers YMCA. He also was an assistant basketball coach at the Ephiphany School. Deputies say while he met or was introduced to his victims through taekwondo, no offenses happened at those locations or during instructional time.

The three male victims were between 13 and 15 years of age at the time of the offenses and happened during a time span from May 2012 to November 2013.

Deputies arrested him on February 16, 2014. The YMCA said his membership was terminated the day after his arrest. He had been employed at the school from November 2013 to February 2014. At the time the interim headmaster said they had decided not to rehire him earlier in February 2014 after they were dissatisfied with his performance.

He pleaded guilty on November 20, 2015. Prosecutors say he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of Statutory Sex Offense and one felony count of Indecent Liberties with a Child.

A judge sentenced Drake to serve 16 to 24 years in prison. After his release, he will be required to register as a sex offender and will be monitored by satellite for around 4 years. He can never have contact with his victims and cannot live within 1000 feet of a school, day care, or childcare facility, which include places such as Boys and Girls Clubs. He cannot work in a position that involves instruction of minor children, and cannot go upon the premises of such businesses as schools, children’s museums, day care centers, and playgrounds. Drake cannot have access to social media sites and apps.

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