SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WALA) - A former high school football standout accused of rape is asking for youthful offender status. If the request is granted, the case and the three rape charges against Deon Johnson will disappear from the public's view.
The Spanish Fort High School football star was arrested for second degree rape in early September 2012, just five months after the teen committed to play for Alabama.
This is what Daphne Police told FOX10 News on September 7, 2012:
"We're not alleging that he held anybody at knife point or gunpoint or held anybody down. It's more that he engaged in sexual intercourse with someone at least two years younger than him," Lt. Jud Beedy said.
Three weeks later, however, Johnson was arrested again. It was a new alleged victim, and a charge of first degree rape.
"The evidence that we've got, we believe that we have enough probable cause that he actually forced this girl to have sex with him," Lt. Beedy said on September 26.
Johnson's bond was already revoked by the time the grand jury indicted him for a third alleged rape in April.
"There were some witnesses, not a direct witness, an eyewitness, but some witnesses to corroborate her story," Spanish Fort Police Chief David Edgar said.
Johnson remains in the Baldwin County Jail awaiting trial. If he's granted youthful offender his case along with all three charges will be sealed.
Alabama's youthful offender law is intended to protect young people in a certain age group from the harshness of prosecution and conviction.
The process is not considered criminal in nature and the penalties are less severe than they are for adults. The proceedings and penalty are not public.
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