A Georgia chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority got caught up in a sex scandal. The Fort Valley State University sorority members allegedly participated in a sex ring to help pay their initiation fees.
Customers are said to have included businessmen and politicians.
Alecia Johnson (pictured above), a university employee and graduate adviser to Fort Valley’s AKA chapter, is targeted in a criminal investigation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Johnson, an AKA member and the university’s special events director, resigned in April amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Johnson’s attorney, Adrian Patrick, pushed back on allegations that she “pimped out” aspiring sorority members who needed funds to join the organization.
“She’s not a pimp, and she’s not a madam — none of that,” Patrick said, according to WSB-TV2. “She’s not guilty. She did not do anything,” he said.
“I think that’s incredulous,” Patrick said. “I mean, I know people want to be in a sorority. I got that part. I just don’t think you’re going to sell your body. Plus, it’s inconsistent with the reputation of Alpha Kappa Alpha,” he said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating potential employee misconduct, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Alpha Kappa Alpha denied the claims against the organization.
“These allegations are in no way representative of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s 110-year service-based mission or its nearly 300,000 members. We condemn these allegations in the strongest possible terms. We remain dedicated to our mission to encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, promote unity, alleviate problems concerning girls and women, create opportunities for them to pursue higher education and be of service to millions of people around the world annually,” its statement read, according to Rolling Out.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. was established for African American women and boasts notable members including Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.), actress Phylicia Rashad and author Toni Morrison, The Washington Post reported.
The initiation process to join the sorority can last months and can cost more than $2,000, according to some estimates.
The current investigation stems from two different complaints, according to the University System of Georgia, The Washington Post reported.
Johnson resigned six days after the Georgia Bureau of Investigations launched a “wide-ranging inquiry” into the allegations on April 12.
“We haven’t confirmed any of the allegations that we have heard,” special agent J.T. Ricketson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Johnson’s attorney vehemently denies the accusations.
“She’s been demonized by social media, but not one piece of evidence has shown what’s happening,” Patrick said.
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