Christopher Smith

Louisville Recruit Charged With Sex Crime

Created on Feb. 26, 2014 1:13 PM EST

One of Louisville's top defensive recruits, linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad, has been charged with a felony sex crime after allegedly impregnating his 14-year-old cousin.

Rhaheed-Muhammad was arrested Monday, according to, and charged with lewd lascivious behavior after a DNA test revealed that the aborted child of the cousin belonged to him.

More from the sad report:

The teen girl’s mother told police she bought a pregnancy test and confronted her daughter in October after seeing her daughter acting strangely. The mother said her daughter began crying, saying she had had sex with Rhaheed-Muhammad.

The girl said she was 11 when Rhaheed-Muhammad began touching her inappropriately. She said when they had sex in June 2013, Rhaheed-Muhammad “did not force himself on her and that it just happened.”

The girl and her mother signed a prosecution waiver.

Rhaheed-Muhammad, 17 years old, was released Tuesday from a juvenile detention center.

As of Wednesday morning, Louisville had not made any sort of announcement on the football future of the 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker.

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