The former boy's assistant basketball coach and taekwondo instructor, charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy, has had his bond reduced by a judge.
Call the bond reduction from $500,000 to $300,000 a 'Catch 22' for 29-year-old Charles Drake of River Bend. Drake was represented by his attorney at the Craven County Courthouse on Wednesday.
Drake is accused of having sex with a 14 year old at a home on Creek View Road.
The bond requires that Drake be outfitted with a monitoring device, but that's something the Craven County Sheriff's Office says they won't do.
Captain Joe Heckman said, "With his international connections I consider him a flight risk. As far as dangerous, obviously he's dangerous to children."
Those international connections are said by officials to be from his study of taekwondo.
Heckman said that Drake, a former coach at a private school in New Bern, was about to head to another state for a taekwondo event when he was arrested.
Heckman said, "We had information he was coming out of Canada and was going to be leaving for Las Vegas. He was going to be in the New Bern area for a short period of time, so we decided to take him into custody."
Drake also had ties to the Twin Rivers YMCA in New Bern. President and CEO Todd Shuart said that Drake was never an employee, but rather an instructor with Asian Taekwondo who rented a room from the YMCA.
Shuart said the allegations are scary in that it's hard to really know someone.
Shuart said, "You do the best that you can to figure out who you're hiring and hope that's enough. If they don't have any kind of record, you don't have anything to go by."
The Craven County Sheriff's Office said that Drake has no criminal past they're aware of.
Bond for a former school basketball coach, charged with a sex offense against a 14-year-old boy, was reduced this morning to $300,000. But there's a catch, he must be electronically monitored and the sheriff is refusing to make him part of that program.
Charles Drake did not appear for this morning's bond hearing.
Authorities tell us the 29-year-old Drake lives in River Bend and was an assistant varsity basketball coach at the Epiphany School in New Bern.
Deputies tell us their investigation began after hearing of several large underage parties that involved drinking at a home on Creek View Road.
The warrant says the victim was a 14-year-old boy, and deputies say he did not attend Epiphany School.
Drake was originally jailed on a $500,000 bond.
During the bond hearing, the man's attorney told the judge that Drake had strong family ties to Craven County and had already surrendered his passport. An assistant district attorney maintained Drake was a flight risk because of his frequent travels outside the country for Taekwondo.
The judge reduced his bond to $300,000, and said if Drake is released on bond that he be placed on electronic monitoring, he can't leave Craven County and must live with his parents.
But Sheriff Jerry Monette considers Drake a flight risk, and he's not allowing Drake to be part of the monitoring program.
Deputies say there are probably more victims in this case. They say Drake was arrested after getting a tip he was returning from a trip to Canada, and was going to Las Vegas for the U.S. Open for Taekwondo.
Interim Headmaster David Wang said Drake was a seasonal employee, working at his first basketball season at Epiphany from November 1 to February 10th. He said Drake wasn't fired, but he will not be rehired either.
"I am very surprised," said Wang. "This is shocking and concerning." Wang said Drake was never alone with any of their children, and they have sent emails to all parents assuring them that none of their students were victims, and that nothing happened at the school.
Drake is world-renowned in the sport Taekwondo, having won several AAU medals.