FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Former Fort Pierce Central football star Sharieff Rhaheed has pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious conduct involving a 14-year-old girl.
It was made during a change of plea hearing in juvenile court for the 17-year-old linebacker who is heading to the University of Louisville.
After accepting the plea deal, Judge Charles Schwab withheld adjudication in the case.
That means Rhaheed will not be a felon nor will he have to register as a sex offender in Florida.
The case involved Rhaheed getting a teen pregnant. She later had an abortion.
Rhaheed’s attorney Bob Watson says his client got no special treatment, but is being given a second chance. “I think it’s one he’ll take full advantage of. I think he’s given every indication that he’s a hard-working, sincere young man and I think he has a bright future.”
As part of the plea deal, the judge ordered Rhaheed to have no contact with the girl or her immediate family, pay for the girl’s therapy, and perform 50 hours of community service.
Assistant State Attorney Carlos Wells said, “Pleas in these kinds of cases especially when they involve victims, they always consult with the victim and work the case out.”
Rhaheed has to write three letters of apology; One to the victim, one to the victim’s mother and the third to his own mother.