New Jersey cheer coach arrested for crimes against juveniles

HAMMONTON, NJ – A New Jersey cheerleading coach has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes for assaulting minors while he coached at Rockstar Cheer in Southampton.

According to the New Jersey State Police, Jonathan P. Ryker, 25, of Hammonton, N.J., was charged with sexual assault for allegedly assaulting minors who he coached.

In August 2022, detectives from Troop “C” Criminal Investigation Office, Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Medford Township Police Department began investigating explicit content that was sent from Jonathan P. Ryker to a minor via social media. During the 8-month investigation, detectives were able to identify another victim of Ryker who was also a student at Rockstar Cheer.

Ryker was additionally charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and aggravated criminal sexual contact. Ryker was lodged in Burlington County Jail pending a detention hearing.

If you or anyone you know may have been a victim please contact the New Jersey State Police Red Lion Station at 609-859-2282. Anonymous tips are welcomed.

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