All Those Indicted In Fort Valley State Sex Scandal Face Months In Prison & Thousand Dollar Fines
Folks involved in an alleged Fort Valley State University prostitution ring were indicted on Friday.
According to AJC, Alecia Jeanetta Johnson, the former executive assistant to the university president, was indicted for sex work and pimping in a scandal that made headlines for the small college last summer.
Prosecutors report that the 49-year-old Johnson, who was also a graduate adviser to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. performed sex acts in exchange for money. They also say she arranged for another woman to provide sex services to prominent men in exchange for money.
Johnson is charged with six counts of prostitution, three counts of pimping and two counts of solicitation of sodomy. The Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office also indicted six men on one count each of solicitation of sodomy along with two counts each of pandering stemming from actions that allegedly happened in 2017 and 2018.
A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said the maximum penalty for each count of pandering and pimping is up to 12 months incarceration and/or a $5,000 fine. For solicitation of prostitution and sodomy, the maximum is up to 12 months in prison and up to a $1,000 fine per count.
According to a press release issued on Friday, the district attorney said the charges were “the result of a nearly year-long investigation into illegal conduct related to Fort Valley State University.”
In late 2017, rumors were already swirling on social media of a sex scandal involving an FVSU employee and possibly students. A prominent Black sorority was said to be involved, along with a mortician who works part-time as a county commissioner, an assistant principal, a city manager, and former legal counsel for the university.
Once the investigation started from April 2018 to now, Johnson was accused as being the ringleader for the sex network. The six men involved included Ernest Harvey, 47, an assistant principal at Huntington Middle School, Kenneth Howard, 56, the city manager of Hinesville, and Arthur James Nance Jr., 46, the vice chairman of the Crisp County Board of Commissioners and a local pastor and mortician.
According to a letter by the AKA’s, the Fort Valley State sorority chapter has had its privileges revoked “pending the outcome of the investigation,” considering members of the sorority have been named in the scandal.