Steffan Johnson

Steffan Johnson

NORTH PORT — A Venice High School student was arrested for allegedly extorting a victim and “threatening to injure the reputation of the victim and expose the victim to disgrace,” authorities said.

Steffan Johnson, 18, of the 2000 block of Roanoke Road in North Port, was arrested Thursday and charged with extortion or threats and promoting a sexual performance by a child.

Johnson was set to play college football at Michigan State University. The college has canceled his scholarship. He had been recruited by 10 universities.

The father of the victim reported Johnson was threatening to release sexual videos of the victim onto social media, according to the probable cause affidavit report.

Johnson allegedly went to the victim’s house and asked the victim to meet him at the end of the street. After meeting Johnson and refusing to kiss him, the victim went back home and received a text with a video of the teenager performing sexual acts sent by Johnson, according to reports.

“The threat was made maliciously and the threat was made with the intent to compel victim to perform oral sexual acts,” according to the incident report.

According to the report, the video was taken when the victim was 15 and Johnson was 17.

In November, Johnson committed to Michigan State University.

Johnson is a star football player at Venice High School and has committed to play in college at Michigan State.

After starting at quarterback as a junior, he played a variety of positions, including quarterback, receiver and cornerback as a senior. He was expected to play defensive back at Michigan State.

Michigan State said Friday it has informed football recruit Steffan Johnson that he will not be a part of the program following his arrest.

Venice High School Coach John Peacock did not respond to a phone call and text message.

Johnson was released on a bond of $100,000 through Big Boys bonding agency. His arraignment date is June 11.


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