USA Skateboarding's Neal Hendrix accused of sexually assaulting teen

USA TODAY

Published 9:36 PM EDT Oct 24, 2018

USA Skateboarding's Neal Hendrix accused of sexually assaulting teen

A former pro skateboarder has been suspended from his position with the sport's newly created governing body following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Neal Hendrix, 45, is being investigated by the Costa Mesa (Calif.) Police Department after a former pupil accused him of improper sexual contact when she was 14. 

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is conducting a separate investigation.

Julie Lynn Kindstrand Nelson, who skateboards professionally under the name "Julz Lynn," detailed Hendrix's alleged conduct in a six-page letter she gave to authorities, according to ESPN. In the letter also provided to ESPN, Kinstrand Nelson said Hendrix asked her to perform sex acts on him while she was between the ages of 14 and 15 and when he was in his early 30s.

Hendrix told The Wall Street Journal in an email "the claims are 100% false."

ESPN reports no charges had been filed as of Tuesday. A police department official was unable to provide any additional information when contacted late Wednesday by USA TODAY Sports.

Kinstand Nelson, now 25, told ESPNW in an interview: "I wanted to make sure that everybody in the skateboarding community is aware of what's going on.

"For so long, so many people turned a blind eye."

Hendrix was a multiple time champion at the X Games in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He is listed on USA Skateboarding's website as “athlete representative, executive committee.” 

Skateboarding will make its Olympic debut in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

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