Fmr football star not guilty of rape, ADA blames perception

A Baldwin County jury found former Spanish Fort football star and Alabama recruit Deon Johnson not guilty of raping a teenaged girl in 2012.

The trial comes nearly two years after Johnson was first accused of forcibly raping a 15-year-old known to him in a public park bathroom.

“I think they (the jury) had some issues with prior consensual acts between the victim and defendant if you want me to be completely honest,” argued assistant District Attorney, Teresa Heinz after the verdict was read. “I think people have preconceived notions about rape and what it is. I’m disappointed with the jury’s verdict and I think they got it wrong.”

It took the jury three hours to make their final decision.

Over the course of several days, jurors heard from the victim, witnesses, and saw photos.

Some issues prosecutors said may have hurt the case was the victim’s previous relationship with Johnson and a delay in reporting to authorities.

Johnson’s attorney, however, said prosecutors had no case.

“It frees both families. So I think it’s a good thing. Thank God for the justice system,” said one of Johnson’s relatives.

Deon Johnson’s legal troubles, however, are far from over.

The 20-year-old also faces two other charges of rape with other victims.

Daphne Police arrested Johnson in 2011 and charged him with raping a 16-year-old girl. He was also charged by Daphne Police in another case of second degree rape and second degree sodomy for which he was granted youthful offender status.

With Johnson being found ‘not guilty’ in one case, his attorney is working to get him a bond on the other.

“I’m going to file something soon,” said defense attorney, John White. “Either this week or next week to get a bond on the other case.”

Heinz responded, “He’s already been found of violating his bond once and having contact with victims. He needs to stay exactly where he’s at.”

Johnson must first face a judge in order to get bond.


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