GBI: 7 people charged in Fort Valley State University sex investigation
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/ WMGT) – The Macon District Attorney David Cooke announced Friday morning that the GBI issued arrest warrants Tuesday for the several month-long investigation into allegations of illegal conduct related to Fort Valley State University.
Cooke says seven people, including a former FVSU employee are charged in the sex scandal.
Ernest Harvey, 47, Kenneth Howard, 56, Ryan Jenkins, 35, Charles Jones, 57, Devontae Little, 26, and Arthur James Nance Jr., 47 are charged with pandering and solicitation of sodomy stemming from conduct alleged to have occurred in 2017 and 2018.
Also, former FVSU executive assistant to the president 48-year-old Alecia Jeanette Johnson is charged with six counts of pimping on allegations she arranged to provide a prostitute to Harvey, Howard, Jenkins, Jones, Little, and Nance. Johnson resigned in April.
Johnson is also charged with six counts of prostitution on allegations she performed, offered or consented to perform sexual acts for money and other items. She is also charged with conspiracy to commit fiduciary theft due to allegations she conspired to take scholarship money that was already granted to a student in October.
FVSU Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Communications, Cedric Mobley, says they hired a new police chief and added new initiatives to enhance campus safety.
“There’s a new campus-wide task force on sexual assault and misconduct. There is new training, not only for faculty and stuff, but for students. Finally, we have several new Title IX investigators to make sure any allegations [are] handled swiftly,” Mobley said.
When 41NBC News first reported this story in May, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was also investigating similar claims. Mobley says the school’s chapter has now returned to active status.
According to AKA’s regional office, an investigation by the sorority was “not able to substantiate allegations of unauthorized activities or misconduct” by the chapter.
Mobley says FVSU will continue to support to AKA’s, and is confident they’ll continue being outstanding young women and be an example for students to follow.
Here’s the full statement from Fort Valley State University:
“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.”