Southampton cheerleading coach faces sexual assault charges
SOUTHAMPTON — A coach is accused of sexually assaulting girls in a cheerleading program here.
Jonathan P. Ryker, 25, of Hammonton, allegedly targeted minors he coached at Rockstar Cheer in Southampton, according to New Jersey State Police.
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An ongoing investigation began in August 2022 after Ryker allegedly sent "explicit material" to a minor via social media, police said.
During the probe, detectives identified another alleged victim at Rockstar Cheer.
The suspect's mother, 51-year-old Angela Ryker of Hammonton, was charged Monday with criminal attempt, witness tampering, as a result of the investigation, according to Medford police.
Access Cheer statement
The program's website, which also uses the name Access Cheer, says the Eayrestown Road business trains cheerleaders and tumblers from age 2-and-a-half to more than 18 years old.
The company removed Ryker from its facility immediately upon learning of the initial allegations in September 2022, spokeswoman Kim Brubeck said Friday.
"We immediately reported what we knew to law enforcement and the United States All Star Federation. The USASF then placed Ryker on their temporary banned list," she said.
"We stand with all survivors of abuse and will continue to create the safest and most consistent place possible for children to compete in all-star cheerleading," added Brubeck, who noted the program will continue to work with law enforcement "through this ongoing criminal matter."
Jonathan Ryker in custody
Ryker also is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and aggravated criminal sexual contact.
The charges are only allegations. Jacob and Angela Ryker have not been convicted in the case.
Ryker was being held Friday in Burlington County Jail.
Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police Red Lion Station at 609-859-2282.
The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and Medford police also participated in the investigation, the State Police said.
Jim Walsh is a senior reporter at the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times and The Daily Journal. .
This article originally appeared on Cherry Hill Courier-Post: Southampton cheerleading coach Jonathan P. Ryker charged