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Bond conditions revised for Gainesville High grad A.J. Johnson in Tennessee rape case

Former Tennessee LB charged in Knoxville case

POSTED: August 10, 2017 4:03 p.m.
/Associated Press

A.J. Johnson

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Former Tennessee linebacker and Gainesville High graduate A.J. Johnson has a curfew and must abstain from alcohol as part of the modifications to his bond conditions while he awaits an aggravated rape trial.

The changes come after Johnson’s DUI arrest last month.

Under the modifications agreed to on Thursday, Johnson will be supervised by a pretrial release officer and must submit to drug screens upon request. He must abstain from alcohol, drugs and nonprescription medication and needs to abide by a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Johnson, who played for Tennessee from 2011-14, was indicted along with former Volunteers defensive back Michael Williams in February 2015 on aggravated rape charges. A woman told police that Johnson and Williams raped her during a party at a Knoxville apartment in the early morning hours of Nov. 16, 2014.

Johnson’s next scheduled court date on the DUI charge is Sept. 13.

The rape charges against Johnson and Williams are still pending. The case been delayed by a debate over whether defense attorneys can obtain social media communications from witnesses, including the woman who says Johnson and Williams raped her.

The Associated Press typically does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual abuse.

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in April that defense attorneys could issue subpoenas in an attempt to obtain those social media communications. The state has appealed that ruling to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Johnson, 25, was a four-year starter for the Vols. His 425 career tackles represent Tennessee’s second-highest total since the school started keeping track in 1970.


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