Alecia Johnson, graduate advisor for the Alpha Beta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia, has resigned amid an investigation into a sex scandal involving sorority pledges.
According to various news reports, Johnson stepped down for allegedly convincing pledges to work as prostitutes in order to raise money to pay fees required by the sorority, according to Rolling Out, a newspaper based in Atlanta.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation launched the investigation in mid-April after receiving two anonymous tips about the alleged wrongdoing at the Alpha Beta chapter.
“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,” said an AKA spokesperson.
Pledges reportedly were paid for having sex with businessmen and politicians. Johnson’s lawyer, Adrian Patrick, said his client is not guilty.
“She’s not a pimp and she’s not a madam,” Patrick said. “She’s none of that.” AKA is an international service organization with nearly 300,000 members who are college-educated women.
It has chapters throughout the United States, the Middle East, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Bermuda, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada and elsewhere. The sorority was founded at Howard University in 1908. It is based in Chicago.