A sorority chapter at a Georgia university is embroiled in a sexual misconduct investigation after being accused of running a sex ring and pimping out its pledges.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter at the Fort Valley State University was suspended last week after the sex scandal allegations surfaced involving sorority members and a female administration employee at the college.
It involves allegations that the newest members were involved in a sex prostitution ring in order to pay for pledging for the historically Black Greek sorority.
Customers allegedly included local politicians and businessman, according to the Atlanta magazine Rolling Out.
Alecia Johnson, who was an executive assistant at the university and a AKA sorority advisor, is under investigation for allegedly pimping out the pledges.
Johnson resigned from her position when the criminal investigation started.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation have been looking into the allegations since mid-April but said no arrests have been made and authorities haven’t yet confirmed any of the allegations.
An attorney representing Johnson told WSB-TV on Monday that his client was not a pimp.
‘She’s not a pimp, and she’s not a madam. None of that,’ lawyer Adrian Patrick said. ‘She’s not guilty. She did not do anything.’
He called the allegations that Johnson pimped out sorority pledges so they could pay to join ‘incredulous’.
‘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 investigation started after the university received to separate complaints in early April, including one made anonymously through the campus hotline and another made by an employee.
The sorority said last month they were ‘appalled’ by the allegations and had launched their own internal investigation.
‘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,’ the statement said.
‘We were appalled to learn of allegations of sexual misconduct against a Fort Valley State University employee who also is a graduate member of the sorority.’
Alpha Kappa Alpha is one of nine black Greek sororities and fraternities that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
AKA pledges are often required to pay initiation fees and monthly or yearly dues.
The average costs associated with a National Pan-Hellenic Council sorority ranges between $700 to $2,500.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Emily Crane