BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - A former high school football standout charged with rape and sodomy will return to the courtroom August 14.
Officials say 19-year-old Deon Johnson is hoping for youthful offender status. Johnson, of Spanish Fort, was arrested in 2012 and prosecutors say he is a suspect in three rape cases.
If granted youthful offender status, Johnson would receive reduced prison time if her were convicted.
In early July 2013, Johnson submitted a handwritten request to have his bond reduced. The judge denied the request.
Johnson was a star wide receiver for the Spanish Fort Toros and had committed verbally to go to the University of Alabama.
His first arrest stems from an investigation that began in September 2012 after officials received a complaint from the parents of a juvenile victim. He was charged with second degree rape and second degree sodomy.
Later in the same month, he was arrested and charged with first degree rape . Police said it was a new allegation and completely separate from and involving a different victim than Johnson's previous rape arrest on Sept. 6. Authorities said in this most recent case, the victim, whose name and age were not released, claimed that Johnson forcibly raped her.
In May 2013, FOX10 learned a third victim filed a complaint with Spanish Fort police, alleging rape. Police say the alleged rape happened inside a restroom at a public park.
A Baldwin County grand jury has indicted Johnson on three counts of rape.
He remains in the Baldwin County Corrections Center under no bond.
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