Hinesville City Manager Ken Howard is one of seven people charged in a Fort Valley State University sex scandal following a month long investigation by the GBI, according to various news reports.
District Attorney K. David Cooke, Jr., with the Macon Judicial Circuit, held a press conference Friday morning about the matter. A video of the announcement can be viewed at 13wmaz.com and macon.com.
Cooke emphasized that these charges are based on allegations, and these people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Howard, along with Ernest Harvey, Ryan Jenkins, Devontae Little, Arthur James Nance, Jr., and Charles Jones, former director of government and corporate relations at FVSU, were reportedly charged with pandering and solicitation of sodomy. The alleged sexual misconduct is reported to have occurred in 2017 and 2018.
Alecia Johnson, a former executive assistant to the president at Fort Valley, was charged with six counts of pimping. Johnson allegedly provided the men with a prostitute.
According to a story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, arrest warrants for Howard and the other men were issued Tuesday.
The Courier received a statement from Howard’s attorney, Jay Osteen, with the Osteen Law Group, LLC.
“Our client denies any wrongdoing and will be pleading not guilty to the charges.”
The Courier will follow up on this story as it develops.