Investigation Into Hamilton County Child Rape Crosses State Lines, Public Assistance Needed
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Ryan Andrew Meyung was arrested in December on multiple counts of child rape, aggravated kidnapping and other related charges.
An arrest affidavit says Meyung was a motocross stunt rider. Meyung has a YouTube page with dozens of videos, including one where he announces his new business.
“I decided to go ahead and start my own business. So, Live Your Dreams Motocross,” says Meyung in a video. Meyung had access to children through this venture.
“Mr. Meyung trained children in various parts of the United States in motocross and snow boarding and unfortunately we feel that there are more victims perhaps locally and other locations in and around Chattanooga,” says Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston.
The affidavit says Meyung raped multiple children in Hamilton County and gave one victim gifts including a vape pen, cash and an iPhone. Meyung is currently at the Silverdale Detention Center but authorities believe he may have victims across ten other states.
“After the initial arrest in mid to late December, a number of individuals from other states began contacting both the sheriff’s office and the Chattanooga Police Department and at that time the investigation was broadened to include the Department of Homeland Security,” says Pinkston.
A school psychologist advises parents to get to know who their children interacts with.
“Those who are really good parents and involved with the kids make themselves seen with that child. Intorude yourself to the coach. Find out things about him.”
The District Attorney urges anyone with information related Meyung’s arrest or parents of possible victims to call the Homeland Security tipline at 866-347-2423 or email at ice.gov/tipline.