Hinesville city manager among 7 indicted in prostitution case tied to Fort Valley State

(Source: WSB/Peach Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: WSB/Peach Co. Sheriff's Office)
Published: Apr. 8, 2019 at 6:26 PM EDT
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PEACH CO., GA (WTOC) - Seven people, including Hinesville’s city manager, have been indicted in a prostitution case tied to Fort Valley State University.

Hinesville City Manager Kenneth Howard is one of six men facing charges of pandering and solicitation.

According to a public relations manager for the city, Howard is still currently employed by the city of Hinesville. Public Relations Manager Whitney Morris says this incident does not reflect on Howard’s abilities to lead the city.

Morris says that Howard has been with the City of Hinesville for over 20 years and contributed faithful, long term experience among his colleagues.

“The allegations that have come out are not exemplary, but his behavior here at work, the way that he carries himself here in the office and the way that he’s led our employees through the years kind of bolsters our resolve in supporting him through this time,” says Morris.

Morris states that Howard will remain employed until the city decides if and when to call a special meeting to determine otherwise.

The executive assistant to the university president, Alecia Johnson, is the accused pimp. The others indicted in the case include the following:

  • The university’s chief legal counsel, who was fired from Fort Valley State University right before he was charged
  • A recently charged child rape suspect who used to work at a state-contracted youth facility
  • A middle school assistant principal
  • A county commissioner who doubles as a pastor and mortician
  • A 32-year-old Albany man

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