MICHIGAN STATE FOOTBALL CUTS TIES WITH RECRUIT ACCUSED OF EXTORTING GIRL
April 30, 2021
Joshua Rhett Miller, Kenneth Garger
Cornerback Steffan Johnson has signed on to join the Michigan State football team.
Michigan State football has cut ties with a recruit accused of trying to extort an underage girl who refused his advances, school officials said in a statement on Friday.
The team said it had informed 18-year-old cornerback Steffan Johnson that he “will not be a member of the Spartan program.
Before Michigan State cut ties with Steffan Johnson, he had originally planned to go to the team’s spring game.
Johnson, who signed with the squad in December, was recently arrested in Florida for allegedly threatening to release video of a past sexual encounter with a minor after she refused to kiss him outside of her home, the Detroit Free Press has reported.
The video was allegedly recorded when the victim was 15 and Johnson was 17, according to a police report obtained by the newspaper.
Steffan Johnson allegedly recorded the video when the victim was 15 years old.
Johnson is accused of threatening to post the footage on social media in an attempt to “injure the reputation” of the girl, whose father contacted cops Wednesday, according to the newspaper.
Johnson is charged with extortion and transmission of a sexual performance by a child.
Michigan State had officially signed Steffan Johnson back in December 2020.
He has been released from custody after posting bond, online records show.
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