Former Tenn. Linebacker Booked on Rape Charge

Former University of Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson surrendered to authorities Tuesday in connection with a sexual assault on an UT student.

The 23-year-old linebacker from Gainesville, Ga. was booked at 12:10 p.m. at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a charge on aggravated rape. Authorities released him on bond almost half an hour later. His bond was set at $40,000.

Johnson’s former teammate Michael Williams, 21, turned himself in to authorities on Feb. 11 after a grand jury indicted him on rape charges in the case.

Williams in enrolled at the university for the spring semester, but remains suspended indefinitely from the football team.

The investigation began on Nov. 16 when a 19-year-old woman and a UT student told officers that Johnson and Williams forcibly raped her inside Johnson’s south Knoxville apartment after the Kentucky game.

Knoxville police returned the next day and seized several items from the apartment as evidence.

The Knox County District Attorney General’s Office handled the investigation.

Related: A.J. Johnson loses NFL combine invitation

Johnson, an NFL draft hopeful, lost his invitation to the NFL Combine Friday.

He graduated from the university in December.