University of Louisville football signee Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad was arrested Monday and charged with felony lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim aged 12 to 16, according to Fort Pierce, Fla., police.
Police records indicate they had been investigating the 17-year-old Rhaheed-Muhammad, a standout linebacker, since October and determined that there is a “99.99” percent chance that he impregnated a 14-year-old girl.
According to Florida statutes, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.
Police said the girl told her mother that she had an abortion in November, and the investigating officers verified that detail.
The arrest report said Rhaheed-Muhammad “began touching her” in the summer of 2010 when she was 11 years old, the arrest report said. He would have been 14 at the time.
Florida law mandates that any child under 16 cannot consent to sexual activity. The girl told police that Rhaheed-Muhammad didn’t force himself on her and “that it just happened.”
A U of L spokesman said football coach Bobby Petrino is aware of the incident but wouldn’t comment. Rhaheed-Muhammad signed and sent his national letter of intent to the school on Feb. 5.
“I’m unable to comment,” Fort Pierce Central High School coach Josh Shaffer said. “It’s all kind of a shock at the moment.”
Rhaheed-Muhammad, who was released from St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center on Tuesday, didn’t immediately respond to a phone call or text message from The Courier-Journal.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Rhaheed-Muhammad was one of the key pieces of Petrino’s first signing class in his second run as U of Ls head coach. He’s rated three stars by 247Sports and Rivals and four stars by ESPN.