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Michigan State University Dumps Football Recruit Charged with Sexual Extortion of Juvenile Girl

Steffan Lamar Johnson

An 18-year-old in North Port, Florida is facing criminal charges he sexually extorted a girl. Steffan Lamar Johnson has lost out on a college soccer career.
“Michigan State soccer informed Steffan Johnson now he will not be a part of the Spartan program,” a spokesman to Michigan State University told The Detroit News.
The events unfolded after authorities say the dad of a juvenile girl told them Johnson jeopardized his daughter. The girl rejected the defendant’s improvements, and the defendant is alleged to have reacted by stating he would place video of this girl performing a sex act on him.
Cops said they talked to the girl, who claimed that Johnson attempted to kiss her. She said she received a text message comprising the danger and video of herself doing the above act on Johnson.
Both victim and defendant were minors at the time of the video, authorities said.

After his arrest earlier this week in Florida, MSU soccer signee Steffan Johnson will not become a Spartan.
— (@LSJGreenWhite) April 30, 2021

MSU formerly took a wait-and-see approach into the allegations from Johnson, a cornerback in Florida’s Venice High School.
“Michigan State Athletics is aware of the matter and tracking the situation,” a spokesman formerly said.
Johnson announced in November that he would be committing to MSU.
“Go Green,” he wrote, and recent tweeted he would be at a practice that happened Saturday.

I wil be attending MSU spring match Saturday April 24th
— Steffan Johnson (@SteffanJohnson) April 19, 2021

Jail records show Johnson was arrested Thursday by the North Port Police Department. He faces one count of extortion or threats and one count of cruelty towards children by directing or promoting a sexual performance by a young child.  The records indicate the defendant got out of jail the same day that he was arrested by submitting a $50,000 bond bond.
It is unclear if he’s an attorney in this matter.  Though prison documents have a case number for the thing involving Johnson, online Sarasota County, Fla. court records do not yet contain any relevant records.