Seven arrest warrants were issued on Friday in an alleged “pimping investigation” at Fort Valley State University, according to WSB-TV News 2.
Former Fort Valley State University executive assistant to the president Alecia Jeanetta Johnson, 48, is charged with six counts of pimping on allegations she arranged to provide sorority hopefuls on the campus as prostitutes to the six men also charged. Johnson, who was a sorority advisor, is also charged with conspiracy to commit fiduciary theft stemming from allegations she conspired to take scholarship money, a book scholarship, that had been granted to a student in October 2015, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors issued warrants on Tuesday for 47-year-old Ernest Harvey, 56-year-old Kenneth Howard, 35-year-old Ryan Jenkins, 57-year-old Charles Jones, 26-year-old Devontae Little and 46-year-old Arthur James Nance Jr.
Jones is formerly the chief legal counsel for the university and was terminated several months ago according to the report.
More #Breaking: I’ve confirmed one of the six men charged in the Fort Valley State University prostitution/pimping investigation is university’s former Chief Legal Counsel. So he and President’s executive assistant/ AKA advisor are the two university employees involved @wsbtv 5 pic.twitter.com/alLL2jxuPO
— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) October 19, 2018
Each of these men is charged with pandering and solicitation of sodomy stemming from conduct alleged to have occurred in 2017 and 2018.
“She not a pimp, She’s not a madam,” Johnson’s attorney Adrian Patrick told WSB-TV. “They’ve been given the opportunity to turn themselves into law enforcement.”
The charges were announced by a district attorney David Cooke in Macon, Georgia on Friday.
“This was a multi-months-long investigation, and there was sufficient evidence for the judge to issue warrants,” Cooke said at a press conference.
Fort Valley State issued the following statement:
Today we learned that two former FVSU employees have been charged with illicit conduct. We appreciate the work of the GBI in conducting this investigation, which began in April 2018 when administrators received two separate reports alleging wrongdoing. The University System of Georgia (USG) in conjunction with FVSU began an immediate investigation in accordance with its policies. The USG notified Georgia’s Office of the Attorney General, and the case was ultimately referred to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
FVSU has promised its students that their safety and security is our first priority, and we fully support the application of the judicial process. 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.