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Draft Scout A.J. Johnson News
02/17/15 - Former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson has turned himself in on a charge of aggravated rape. The Knox County Sheriff's Office issued a release saying Johnson had turned himself in Tuesday and was released on $40,000 bond. Suspended Tennessee defensive back Michael Williams also is charged with aggravated rape. Knoxville police had named both Johnson and Williams in November as subjects of a rape investigation. A grand jury heard the case last week. David Eldridge, the lawyer representing Williams, said Thursday his client was indicted and also had been released on $40,000 bond. "Mr. Johnson has fully cooperated throughout this investigation, has maintained his innocence from the beginning, and looks forward to being cleared of these accusations so that he can begin to put his life back together," said Tom Dillard, the lawyer representing Johnson.
Eldridge had issued a statement Thursday saying Williams was "innocent of these charges" and "is confident that when all the evidence is presented there, he will be exonerated." Johnson had been on the list of players invited to this week's NFL Scouting Combine. The NFL announced it had withdrawn that invitation Friday, one day after the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported that Johnson was being indicted. The police report released in November said that Knoxville police investigator Tim Riddle spoke to two 19-year-old women on Nov. 16 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at about 4:30 a.m. One woman said Johnson and Williams raped her at the apartment complex. A second woman said she was sexually assaulted by Williams at the same location. - AP Sports
02/17/15 - Former Vols LB Johnson arrested on rape charge...Former University of Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson was booked on an aggravated rape charge after turning himself in on Tuesday. According to the Knox County (Tenn.) Sheriff's Office, Johnson was released on $40,000 bond about 30 minutes after he arrived at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility in Knoxville, Tenn. Johnson, 23, and Tennessee cornerback Michael Williams, 21, were listed as suspects by authorities in a Nov. 16 alleged rape of a 19-year-old female student-athlete in Johnson's apartment after a game. Williams also is a suspect in a sexual assault of a second woman who has chosen not to pursue the case.
Williams was indicted Thursday on two charges of aggravated rape and also named as aiding and abetting in two counts of aggravated rape. He was released on $40,000 bond last Thursday. The two players, who were suspended from the team in December, say they are innocent. Johnson graduated in December and was to participate in the NFL Combine this week in Indianapolis, but the league withdrew the invitation after the charges came to light. Johnson was a four-year starter for the Vols and finished his career with 425 tackles, the second-highest total at the school since 1970. - The Sports Xchange
02/16/15 - NFL pulls A.J. Johnson's combine invite...The NFL has rescinded an invitation to former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson to attend next week's scouting combine after Johnson was indicted on rape charges. The Tennessean first reported the revocation on Friday, and the NFL confirmed it. Johnson, accused of raping a 19-year-old woman in November, was indicted on two counts of rape Thursday by a grand jury in Knoxville, Tenn. Johnson, Tennessee's leading tackler in 2014, was suspended by coach Butch Jones after Johnson and former teammate Michael Williams were accused of the sexual assault. Williams also was indicted Thursday. The combine begins Tuesday in Indianapolis and runs through Feb. 23. Johnson is the No. 16-rated inside linebacker in this year's class by NFLDraftScout.com. He is projected as a seventh-round pick or priority free agent. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
02/13/15 - NFL withdraws A.J. Johnson's combine invite after rape indictment...The NFL has withdrawn the invitation for former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson to attend the scouting combine next week, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean on Friday. Johnson, along with former Vols defensive back Michael Williams, was indicted on rape charges after a review of the allegations and the Knoxville Police Department investigation by a Knox County grand jury Thursday. He was suspended from the team in November after the alleged off-campus incident, and never returned to field.
Johnson was the Vols' leading tackler at the time. He was invited for the combine after graduating in December. Williams already turned himself in and was released on bond. Johnson is making plans to surrender to authorities, according to his attorney. The combine starts Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium. It remains to be seen if Johnson will work out for teams leading up to April's draft. - Igor Mello, CBSSports.com
02/12/15 - Former Tennessee LB A.J. Johnson, DB Williams indicted in rape case...Former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson and defensive back Michael Wiliams have been indicted for rape after a review of the allegations and the Knoxville Police Department investigation by a Knox County grand jury. Johnson's attorney, Tom Dillard, confirmed the news to the Knoxville News-Sentinel and said Johnson was making plans for the linebacker's surrender. Williams has already turned himself in and was released on a bond, according to his attorney. I will confirm that I received a notification (from the Knox County District Attorney General's office) that a presentment had been returned against him alleging rape, Williams' attorney, David Eldridge, told the News-Sentinel. Mr. Williams turned himself in to the Knox County jail and was released on a $40,000 bond.
Johnson and Williams were suspended from the Tennessee football team in November after a 19-year old Tennessee student reportedly told police that the two men raped her in an off-campus apartment after the Vols win against Kentucky. Neither player returned to the football field, but Johnson, an All-SEC selection, did receive an invite to the NFL Combine after graduating from UT in December. Per the News-Sentinel, Williams is enrolled at Tennessee for the spring semester. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com