According to documents filed in a United States District Court on Wednesday, a man was arrested earlier this month on charges that he impersonated Tennessee football player Cameron Sutton in order to extort “money and other things of value” from a woman using the social media application Snapchat.
Brandon Douglas Shanahan, 22, allegedly conversed with a woman through Snapchat using the name Camsutton2323 and attempted to extort her by telling her he had explicit photos of her that he would publish if she did not provide him with money and additional explicit photos of herself. An investigation carried out by the FBI found that Shanahan may have contacted other women while posing as Sutton, as well.
Shanahan, a native of Sweetwater, TN, pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him and was released on bond. The investigation surrounding the incident revealed that Sutton, a star cornerback for the Vols who wears the number 23, was, in fact, the victim of criminal impersonation. According to a released statement from police, Sutton was not aware that he was being impersonated. Shanahan faces a maximum of two years in prison if he is convicted of the alleged crimes.