Stephen "Gaterwolf" Ketcher, ex-pro wrestler, accused of wrestling with underage girl
Stephen "Gaterwolf" Ketcher in action during the '80s. See more photos and videos below.
Back in the day, Stephen "Gatorwolf" Ketcher was a professional wrestler with a national reputation and bouts against the likes of Randy "Macho Man" Savage.
Now, however, he's facing allegations that he grappled sexually with a fifteen-year-old girl. Photos, videos and more below.
The Internet Wrestling Database page devoted to Ketcher lists his city of birth as Denver and notes eleven pay-per-view matches during his career, all conducted under the auspices of the World Wrestling Federation.
Here's a video of Ketcher taking on Savage.
Another clip posted by Ketcher's son, Logan, shows Gatorwolf in an '80s era ninja movie taking some kicks to the chops.
Ketcher's Facebook page and one pertaining to a production company, Warpath Promotions, feature plenty of vintage Gatorwolf shots, including this one....
...and this one:
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In recent years, however, WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Florida reports that he supplemented his income by working as a long-haul truck driver. He's said to have ties to Florida, Ohio, Utah, Oklahoma and Colorado.
His alleged actions in the latter led to a nationwide alert.
A cropped version of a photo of Ketcher posing with a championship belt that was sent out by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office release about Ketcher notes that he was wanted on charges of sexual assault on a child.
According to KREX-TV in Grand Junction, he is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a fifteen-year-old girl over a six-month span.
He also allegedly knew the girl's mother, and the station reports that only after he began threatening the mom did the teen come forward and reveal what was going on.
Scans of Japanese press coverage about Ketcher as shared on the Warpath Promotions Facebook page.
In an interview with First Coast News, MCSO spokeswoman Heather Benjamin maintains that Ketcher purchased gifts for the girl in order to lure her into a relationship.
The sheriff's office suspected that Ketcher was in the Jacksonville, Florida area, where he has family -- and on Wednesday, he turned himself in to authorities in Clay County.
His most serious matches are presumably ahead of him. Here's a KREX-TV report about the case.
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