Charges dropped against Hinesville city manager in prostitution case

Charges dropped against Hinesville city manager in prostitution case
Kenneth Howard. (Source: WTOC)

HINESVILLE, Ga. (WTOC) - Hinesville City Manager Kenneth Howard has had all charges dropped in a prostitution case tied to Fort Valley State University.

Howard was one of six men facing charges of pandering and solicitation. The executive assistant to the university president, Alecia Johnson, is the accused pimp.

The following statement is from Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David Cooke:

“Due to Mr. Howard’s lack of criminal history, he was allowed to enter into a pre-trial diversion agreement that required him to complete 25 hours of community service, attend a class about the dangers of prostitution and pay a $250 fine. Our office dismissed the charges against him after receiving notice of Mr. Howard completing these requirements on Nov. 4.”

“Given the strength of the evidence that led to Mr. Howard entering into this agreement, we are shocked at his lawyer’s feigned claims of innocence,” Cooke said.

Howard’s attorney released the following statement on Friday:

“Mr. Howard denied any wrongdoing from the beginning of this case and pled not guilty requesting a jury trial. After a review of the GBI’s file, it was clear that Mr. Howard was not guilty of any crime and as a result, the D.A. offered a resolution that affords Mr. Howard complete and immediate exoneration with a dismissal of all charges. Mr. Howard has maintained his innocence from the beginning and maintains his innocence today.” - Joel Osteen, Osteen Law Group.

Howard has worked with the City of Hinesville for over 20 years.

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