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FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A prostitution ring at Fort Valley State University involved several high-ranking public officials from across the state.
From city managers to school officials, the list of names of men accused of soliciting sex from young women on campus through the university president’s former executive secretary include them all.
Of the six men who have been charged with solicitation of sodomy, four are known public officials.
Ernest Harvey, 47, is an assistant principal at Huntington Middle School in Houston County. As of now, he is still employed with the school district.
Kenneth Howard, 56, is the city manager in Hinesville, Georgia. According to his bio, he received his Degree in Business Administration from Fort Valley State University in 1985.
Arthur James Nance Jr., 47, sits on the Crisp County Commission as Vice Chairman. At this time, there’s no word on whether there’s been any disciplinary action taken against him or if the city will be conducting its own investigation.
Charles Jones, 57, was a former employee at Fort Valley State University who served as the Chief Legal Officer and Director of Government Relations according to his bio–which has since been taken off the website.
Ryan Jenkins, 35, and Devontae Little, 26, were the other two men charged.
At the center of it all is the university president’s former executive assistant, 48-year-old Alecia Jeanette Johnson. Johnson is facing charges for six counts of pimping. They believe she arranged providing the prostitutes to Harvey, Howard, Jenkins, Jones, Little, and Nance. She resigned from her position back in April.
Johnson is also charged with six counts of prostitution. They believe she also may have offered or consented to sexual acts for money and other items. Finally, 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.
41NBC reached out to Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese for additional information on the arrests. As of now, there’s no word on whether any of the men have turned themselves in.
Because the investigation is still open and on-going, the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office is unable to say whether the young women involved will be prosecuted also.