*Members of the Alpha Beta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., at Fort Valley State University, are caught up in a sex ring scandal that was aimed to cover their initiation fees. Their customers are said to have included businessmen and politicians.
According to the NYDN, Alecia Johnson, a university employee and graduate adviser to Fort Valley’s AKA chapter, resigned last month after law enforcement and school officials launched an investigation into sexual misconduct reports.
Johnson’s departure follows accusations that she instructed pledges to have sex for money with local politicians and businessmen to cover costly induction fees, according to Rolling Out.
Johnson’s attorney, Adrian Patrick, pushed back the on allegations, saying: “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.
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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.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation are looking into potential employee misconduct, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The current investigation stems from two different complaints. 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.
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 costs more than $2,000, according to some estimates.