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Police name A.J. Johnson as suspect in rape investigation
Ex-Gainesville High star suspended from Tennessee football team; no charges yet filed
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A.J. Johnson, Tennessee Volunteers linebacker and Gainesville High School graduate, was named Tuesday as a suspect in a rape investigation by Knoxville, Tenn., police.

Johnson, 22, and defensive back Michael Williams, 21, are named in a police report detailing an alleged rape at a Knoxville apartment complex.

No charges have been filed at this time against either player, as the Knox County district attorney’s office is awaiting the conclusion of the police investigation of the case.

Knoxville police responded to the Woodlands Apartment complex at 3 a.m. Sunday. A 19-year-old University of Tennessee student told police that Johnson and Williams raped her, according to the police report. She was later transported for treatment to the University of Tennessee Medical Center along with another 19-year-old woman.

The second victim was a university student from another state, according to police, and she told police that Williams sexually assaulted her at the apartment complex. The Associated Press reported that she was not pressing charges.

Both players were suspended Monday from all team-related activities, according to the football program’s Twitter account.

Public information officer Sean McDermott in the Knox County district attorney’s office sent a statement Tuesday afternoon.

“The District Attorney General’s Office does not comment on ongoing investigations that are being conducted by local law enforcement agencies,” McDermott wrote in an email. “Once an agency concludes its work, it will submit the results to our office for review. Ethical rules prohibit us from commenting further.”

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