UPDATE: Snapchat extortionist who posed as UT football player to get nude selfies strikes again
A Sweetwater man confessed he posed as a University of Tennessee football player on Snapchat and terrorized more than a dozen young women to extort nude selfies — and then he did it again.
UPDATE: (WBIR) - A Sweetwater man who admitted to pretending to be a University of Tennessee football player and extorted more than a dozen women on Snapchat has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after a judge found he had done the same thing again.
Brandon Douglas Shanahan, 23, was charged in May 2016 for pretending he was UT senior cornerback Cameron Sutton while he communicated with the women through Snapchat.
In a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court on Nov. 2, 2016, Shanahan agreed to serve 18 months in prison and a year of supervised probation once he's released.
Shanahan faced 14 felony charges for extorting 12 women and two girls. His plea agreement was that he would plead guilty to count one and the remaining counts would be dismissed.
Shanahan had been free pending sentencing, but his pretrial release was revoked in May, according to a detention order signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley Jr.
However, an amended plea agreement filed on Sept. 26, 2017, shows he will also plead guilty to an additional charge of interstate communications with the intent to extort. The amended plea agreement says Shanahan engaged in new conduct for which he could be charged as an additional violation.
The new plea agreement recommended a sentence of 30 months total for the two charges, with one year of probation after his release.
A judge approved that sentence during a hearing Tuesday, and recommended Shanahan be transferred to federal prison in either Kentucky or Alabama.
PREVIOUS STORY: Prosecutors and the Sweetwater man charged with extorting 12 women and two girls through Snapchat while using the alias of a University of Tennessee football player are close to working out a plea deal.
Brandon Douglas Shanahan, 22, is charged with 14 counts of extortion after a woman she believed she was communicating with Tennessee senior cornerback Cameron Sutton, but realized she wasn’t.
Federal authorities charged Shanahan in May.
The trial is scheduled to start Sept. 20.
Shanahan’s attorney Joshua D. Hedrick wrote in court documents filed last week, “The parties have been engaged in active settlement negotiations. Both the Defense and the Government are attempting to reach an agreed disposition, and are close to a resolution. However, due to the number of victims in this case, there are a large number of people who need to be consulted prior the finalization of a plea agreement.”
Hedrick has asked for more time to negotiate a deal, and prosecutors do not oppose the request.
The initial plea deadline was set for Sept. 7.
PREVIOUS STORY: Federal authorities charged a Sweetwater man with extortion for sending Snapchats to a woman as he used the alias of a University of Tennessee football player.
Brandon Douglas Shanahan, 22, is charged with intent to extort money and other things from a woman through Snapchat while using the name “Camsutton2323.” He's accused of threatening to injure her reputation.
Shanahan pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday, and was released on bond.
The woman believed she was communicating with Cameron Sutton, a senior cornerback who wears the No. 23 at UT.
A law enforcement investigation revealed Sutton was a victim of criminal impersonation.
Authorities in a released statement noted that Sutton had not actually conversed with the woman via Snapchat or other means, and was not aware that Shanahan impersonated him.
The investigation indicates Shanahan may have contacted a number of other women.
The FBI asks anyone who thinks they were a victim of extortion by Shanahan through his Snapchat name “Camsutton2323” to call (865)744-0751.
If convicted, Shanahan faces a maximum of two years in prison.
The investigation is ongoing.