The American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors have fired head athletic trainer Chad Drown after learning he was charged with a "contacting a minor to commit a sexual offence."

"Earlier today we became aware that Bakersfield Condors head athletic trainer, Chad Drown, had been charged with very serious felony offences related to contacting a minor to commit a sexual offence in the state of California," the team said in a statement. "We are shocked and dismayed by the news and Mr. Drown has been relieved of his duties immediately."

The Edmonton Oilers, Bakersfield's NHL affiliate, released a statement in support of the Condors' decision. 

"We are working closely with Bakersfield Condors management & fully support the decision to relieve Mr. Drown of his duties," the Oilers said in a tweet.