Indictments handed down in University prostitution scandal

A former employee at Fort Vally State University has been indicted following accusations she ran a prostitution ring at the school.

Alecia Jeanetta Johnson
Alecia Jeanetta Johnson, bottom, in an undated photograph.

Prosecutors allege Alecia Jeanetta Johnson, 49, preformed sexual favors in exchange for money at the Georgia university, and recruited students to work for her as prostitutes. Johnson faces three counts of pimping, six counts of prostitution, and two counts of solicitation of sodomy.

The indictment is the culmination “of a nearly year-long investigation into illegal conduct related to Fort Valley State University,” according to a statement from the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office. The investigation began in April of 2018 when authorities discovered Johnson, who was working for the HBCU as a graduate adviser to the AKA sorority at the time, was running a prostitution operation that employed sorority members as call girls.

In addition to Johnson, prosecutors also indicted six men on one count each of solicitation of sodomy, and two counts each of pandering, including 57-year-old Charles Jones, who served as the university’s chief legal counsel before he was fired as the scandal was exposed.

University officials addressed the controversy in an October statement after it was revealed arrest warrants were issued for Johnson, Jones , and the other five men, “We have consistently and aggressively worked with the University System of Georgia and law enforcement to ensure that anyone who allegedly puts our students at risk is investigated thoroughly and expeditiously, and have advocated for the most appropriate standards to be applied. While we cannot comment on the details of an ongoing investigation, we expect anyone who has compromised the trust of our students to be held accountable with all deliberate speed,” the statement read.

Fort Vally State University is a historically black college located in Peach County, about 40 miles from of Macon, Georgia.

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