A man with no permanent address who lived with families or on a bus while building motocross tracks and mentoring children in the sport is now charged with child rape.
Ryan Andrew Meyung was arrested in December and charged with three counts of child rape and two counts of aggravated kidnapping, the Hamilton County Attorney’s Office in Tennessee said in a Jan. 10 press release. Hamilton County, home to Chattanooga, is in eastern Tennessee, on the border of North Carolina and Georgia.
Meyung’s arrest was published in local news, prompting several people from other states to make similar allegations, the prosecutor’s office said.
Investigators now believe there could be victims in as many as 10 states.
Meyung ran a business in Indiana called “Live Your Dreams MX” in which he traveled across the United States and other countries to build motocross tracks and mentor children in the sport of motocross, said Hamilton County Attorney General Neal Pinkston in the press release. .
Haspin Acres Off-Road and Motocross Park in Laurel, Indiana, cites Meyung as race director. The track admitted to his arrest in a Facebook post on December 19.
“The future of motocross racing at Haspin Acres is now uncertain,” said the track. “As many of you know, our MX Race Director Ryan Meyung has been arrested in Tennessee and awaiting court appearance. All plans for motocross racing at Haspin Acres next season are on indefinite hold. . “
Meyung too maintains a public Facebook page who identifies as a pro rider, pro motocross monster truck and supercross track builder, motocross trainer and race coordinator.
Prior to operating “Live Your Dreams MX,” officials said, Meyung traveled frequently while working with “several youth-focused youth organizations and ministries.” He also worked at various times as a product delivery driver for a Hamilton County company.
“Meyung does not have a known permanent address,” the prosecutor’s office said. “He has resided with local families in areas where he builds motocross tracks and runs motocross camps for children or lives on a bus he co-owns with another unnamed person.”
Chattanooga Police and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office have partnered with Homeland Security Investigations to conduct a broader investigation into Meyung. They now believe there could be victims in 10 states, including Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
The prosecutor’s office said investigators were starting in states where people had contacted law enforcement about “potential violations of criminal law involving Meyung and other children.”
Meyung is currently being held in Hamilton County Jail.
Anyone with information about his arrest or who believes their child may be a victim is asked to call the Homeland Security hotline at 866-347-2423 or go to https://www.ice.gov/tipline.