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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Responds To Fort Valley State Prostitution Scandal Indictments

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Responds To HBCU Prostitution Scandal

The nation’s first black sorority has issued an official statement on a prostitution scandal at a historically black college. As previously reported a woman named Alecia Jeanetta Johnson, the former executive assistant to the President of Fort Valley State University, was indicted for sex work and pimping.

Prosecutors reported that the 49-year-old performed sex acts in exchange for money and arranged for another woman to provide sex services to prominent men in exchange for money.

Now Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is releasing a statement confirming that the chapter with which Johnson was reportedly affiliated with at the school, Alpha Beta, has been fully reinstated after an internal investigation.

The sorority adds that Johnson hasn’t acted as Alpha Beta chapter’s graduate advisor since 2014 and any reports otherwise are false. An exclusive statement from the sorority’s Executive Director Cynthia Howell was sent to Rolling Out magazine.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated — now in our 111th year — is an organization committed to cultivating unity, health, education and human rights among women and confronting issues that concern our more than 300,000 members in 1,021 chapters around the globe. We hope that the indictments recently issued in the Fort Valley State University case will end the speculation and inaccurate information about Alpha Kappa Alpha that has circulated in the media since April 2018.

“Any media coverage that identifies one of the individuals formally charged as the graduate advisor for Fort Valley State’s undergraduate chapter, Alpha Beta, is incorrect. The individual has had no direct supervisory responsibility for the chapter since 2014. It is unfortunate that the alleged misdeeds of an individual acting independently of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority have resulted in misconceptions and diverted attention from the honorable work our organization delivers to millions of people through a myriad of programs.

“Alpha Beta’s status within Alpha Kappa Alpha was restored in 2018 following our own internal investigation,”. Based on the results of an in-depth review of the facts, we found no wrongdoing, and Alpha Beta was fully exonerated. The issuance of the indictments supports our conclusion. Furthermore, the chapter continues to remain in good standing with Fort Valley State University.

“Now that the indictments have been issued, we hope the unsubstantiated innuendos and misinformation related to Alpha Beta will end. We commend the chapter members, who were subjected to degradation and humiliation as a result of the false claims, for their ongoing decorum over the past year. The young women of Alpha Beta chapter have demonstrated grace under pressure, poise and maturity as they proudly continue to support our focus on ‘Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service.’”

Johnson faces 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.

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