A city manager, county commissioner, assistant school principal and two former university employees are among those charged in a sexual misconduct case at Fort Valley State University.
Also charged is a Warner Robins man accused of sexually assaulting a teenager in April in Taylor County.
Six of the seven people accused in the sexual misconduct case at FVSU turned themselves in Tuesday morning, including the former executive assistant to the president.
Alecia Jeanetta Johnson, 48, is charged with six counts each of pimping and prostitution on allegations she performed, offered or consented to perform a sexual act for money or other items of value.
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Additionally, Johnson is charged with conspiracy to commit fiduciary theft for allegedly conspiring to take scholarship money, a book scholarship, that had been granted to a student in October 2015.
Charles Jones, 57, of Fort Valley, former director of government and corporate relations and former legal officer for FVSU, also turned himself in Tuesday.
Jones, along with five other men, is charged with pandering and solicitation of sodomy stemming from the alleged illegal conduct in 2017 and 2018.
Hinesville City Manager Kenneth Howard, 56; Crisp County Commission Vice Chairman Arthur James Nance Jr., 46; Ryan Jenkins, 35; of Albany; and Devontae Little, 26, of Warner Robins; also have turned themselves in.
All have been released on bond.
Ernest Harvey, 47, assistant principal at Huntington Middle School in Houston County, was expected to turn himself in Tuesday night.
Little was already free on bond when arrested in the alleged sexual misconduct case at FVSU.
In April, Little was charged with furnishing alcohol to and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl while she was in a Georgia Center for Youth facility in Reynolds.
Little was employed at the time as a human services professional at the contracted facility with the Division of Family and Children Services when he allegedly “had sex with her” after “plying her with alcohol” on April 6 and April 13, said Guy Notte, an attorney representing the teen’s family.
Notte said he has filed a lawsuit against Little and Alternative Youth Services/Georgia Center for Youth in Gwinnette County State Court on behalf the family. Notte characterized Little as a “sexual predator.”
Little was arrested on the Taylor County charges by Houston County sheriff’s deputies April 19, according to a Houston County sheriff’s arrest and booking report.
Johnson allegedly arranged to provide a prostitute to the six men.
A months-long investigation by the GBI into allegations of illegal conduct at the university led to the issuance of arrest warrants last week. Those who had pending warrants reached an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office for the Macon Judicial Circuit to turn themselves in Tuesday, according to Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese.
The district attorney’s office assisted in the GBI probe at the request of the Georgia Attorney General’s Office.
Howard declined comment. Johnson, Jones, Nash, Jenkins, Little and Harvey could not be reached for comment.