Neal Hendrix, a USA Skateboarding executive member who has been a force behind the sport’s entry in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is on interim suspension pending a police investigation into allegations of improper sexual contact with a skateboarder when she was 14.
Julie Lynn Kindstrand Nelson, a professional skateboarder known as “Julz Lynn,” made the accusations in a six-page letter provided to the Costa Mesa (Calif.) Police Department.
No charges have been filed. A Costa Mesa Police Department official confirmed for espnW that an investigation is underway. Hendrix, 45, declined to comment to espnW.
“USA Skateboarding is fully cooperating with the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s investigation on the allegations placed upon Neal Hendrix,” USA Skateboarding Chairman Gary Ream told espnW. “The safety of the athletes, staff and board members is our number one priority, and we support SafeSport’s decision of an interim suspension while the investigation is being conducted.”
USA Skateboarding is the sport’s governing body under the USOC; the Center for SafeSport is a nonprofit organization that provides education, resources and training to promote respect and prevent abuse in sports.
In the letter, which was also provided to espnW’s Alyssa Roenigk, she alleges that, when she was between the ages of 14 and 15 and Hendrix was in his early 30s, she performed sex acts on him at his request. It also states that he masturbated in front of her, photographed and took videos of her while she was naked and showed her pornography involving underage girls. Hendrix, who was her mentor, brought her to his apartment for what he called “sex lessons” after meeting her at a California skatepark in 2006.
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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Cindy Boren