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Man Posing As Tennessee CB Cam Sutton Allegedly Tried To Extort Nude Photos From 14 Women

A wild story was detailed earlier this morning in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Federal authorities allege a 22-year-old Sweetwater, Tenn. man posed as Tennessee cornerback Cam Sutton and harassed 14 women, including two minors, on Snapchat, threatening them and demanding nude photos.

Brandon Douglas Shanahan was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on 14 counts of extortion via Snapchat. 

Per the News Sentinel:

Shanahan had already been charged via a criminal complaint filed by the FBI's Cyber Crimes Task Force late last month after a UT female student came forward a month earlier with allegations she had been tricked into believing she was communicating with UT defensive back Cameron Sutton, deceived with claims she had drunkenly sent him nude photos and threatened with exposure if she didn't send more.

After Shanahan's arrest was reported in the news media, records show other young women too ashamed to disclose their victimization began cooperating with the FBI. The agency's task force also unearthed more extortion victims through forensic analysis of electronics seized from Shanahan, according to records.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Davidson alleges in the indictment unsealed Tuesday that Shanahan had been running his extortion ruse as far back as April 2015 and ensnared at least 14 victims, including two underage girls.

This is a bizarre and scary story, and it's completely unclear why Shanahan chose to pretend to be Sutton, and it doesn't appear like the Tennessee corner even knew his identity had been compromised. Sutton is black, and Shanahan, who is white, allegedly used the picture of a black man's chest as "proof" he was who he said he was. 

Shanahan is set to be arraigned on Wednesday. 

[ Knoxville News Sentinel ]