Man charged with posing as football player to extort woman

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Posted: May 25, 2016 7:14 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been arrested on charges that he attempted to extort a woman by posing as a University of Tennessee football player on Snapchat.

Brandon Douglas Shanahan, a 22-year-old from Sweetwater, pleaded not guilty Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Inman and was released on bond.

The U.S. attorney's office issued a news release saying Shanahan was arrested Tuesday and charged with intending to extort money "and other things of value" from a woman "through a Snapchat communication which threatened to injure her reputation."

According to the release, Shanahan used the name "Camsutton2323" on Snapchat and the woman believed she was speaking with cornerback Cameron Sutton. Sutton's jersey number is 23. The release says Sutton hadn't communicated with the woman and was unaware that Shanahan was impersonating him.