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Report: Louisville football recruit arrested after impregnating his cousin

Sharief Rhaheed-Muhammad recently accepted a football scholarship from the University of Louisville. (WPTV-5 West Palm Beach) Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad recently accepted a football scholarship from Louisville. (WPTV-5 West Palm Beach)

Three-star Louisville football recruit Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad was arrested Monday on felony charges of lewd lascivious behavior after allegedly impregnating his 14-year-old cousin, according to WPTV NewsChannel 5's Will Greenlee (via Deadspin's Barry Petchesky).

Police reportedly obtained a warrant for a DNA sample, which proved with nearly 100 percent certainty that he was the father. The victim reportedly chose to abort the pregnancy.

From Greenlee's 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.”

Rhaheed-Muhammad plays linebacker for Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High School

A spokesperson for Louisville told WPTV that coach Bobby Petrino had been made aware of the situation.

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