An employee at a Georgia university allegedly pushed pledges for a sorority to sell sex to help them get into the chapter.
Fort Valley State University’s Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter is under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the University Systems of Georgia and the sorority's national office for alleged misconduct involving current and former members, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The chapter has been suspended from activities during the investigation.
Alecia Johnson, an alumnus of the chapter who was also an executive assistant to the school's president, allegedly encouraged sorority hopefuls to raise their pledge money through sex. She allegedly introduced them to men who wanted to pay for sex, including local politicians, according to Rolling Out, an Atlanta online magazine that cited anonymous sources. None of the alleged politicians have been identified.
The average initiation cost for joining a sorority at the school can cost up to is $750 to $2,500.
Johnson turned in a letter of resignation April 18, the same day the Alpha Kappa Alpha organization revealed it was investigating the chapter. Her attorney Adrian Patrick said she Johnson is cooperating with the investigation and maintains that Johnson is innocent.
“Her life is turned upside down. She worked at the university [for] almost 14 years doing a great job with no disciplinary action, anything like that. Now for this information to come out is obviously upsetting and disappointing,” Patrick told WMAZ-TV in Atlanta.
Patrick also told WSB-TV that Johnson is "not a pimp, and she's not a madam — none of that.”
According to the sorority's website, Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. describes itself as a group that aims enhance the lifelong personal and professional development its members and help them influence positive social change. The sorority has been around since 1908 and has been described as one of the most prestigious African-American sororities in the country. Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Wanda Sykes, and Toni Morrison are among its most notable alumni.
Johnson has not been arrested or charged.
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