Michigan State football cuts ties with recruit accused of extorting girl

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.”

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.

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.

He has been released from custody after posting bond, online records show.

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