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Louisville football signee arrested on felony sex-related charge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville football signee Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad has been arrested on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor aged 12-16 in Fort Pierce, Fla.

The arrest report says Rhaheed-Muhammad had sex with his 14-year-old cousin while she was visiting family in Fort Pierce last June. Tests performed on the fetus after the girl's abortion on Nov. 2 of last year say that the probability of his paternity is 99.999999832 percent.

Rhaheed-Muhammad was a signing-day surprise for coach Bobby Petrino's staff, rated a four-star prospect by ESPN. A U of L spokesman on Tuesday said Petrino is aware of the situation, but had no further comment.

Florida state law says that an individual cannot legally consent to sex while under the age of 16.

Fort Pierce police say they initiated an investigation after a complaint from the girl's mother on Oct. 23 of last year. The girl told them in an interview that the two had sex during the visit while under a blanket at his house, and that "Sharieff did not force himself on her and that it just happened."

She also alleged that the player had touched her inappropriately when she was 11 years old. The mother told police that her daughter said that Rhaheed-Muhammad first touched her in the summer of 2010 and attempted to have sex at that point, but did not when she complained.

She also alleged inappropriate touching in May of 2013.

Fort Pierce police say Rhaheed-Muhammad was released Tuesday from the St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

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