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2013 Tide commit again arrested on rape charge

Deon Johnson

The convoluted story of a verbal commitment to Alabama’s 2013 recruiting class has taken yet another damaging twist, with the 19-year-old facing his second serious legal charge this month.

According to the Mobile Press-Register, Spanish Fort (Ala.) high schooler Deon “D.J.” Johnson has been charged with first-degree rape and booked into the Baldwin County Correctional facility.  He is being held without bond.

On Sept. 6, Johnson was arrested on charges of second-degree rape and second-degree sodomy.  The only details released at the time of the first arrest were that the alleged victim was a juvenile and her parents had notified authorities.

A police official told the Press-Register that this alleged victim is not the same victim in the first incident.

“It was not related whatsoever to the first case,” Daphne Police Lt. Jud Beedy said. “It was a new victim. She contacted another law enforcement agency, and they referred her to us. We’ve been pursuing it for a few weeks with the District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Human Resources. We discovered enough evidence to get a warrant for his arrest.”

Here’s a description from the paper regarding the differences between first- and second-degree rape in the state of Alabama:

Alabama law defines second-degree rape as having intercourse with someone younger than 16 but older than 12, as long at the defendant is at least two years older than the victim.

A defendent is charged with first-degree rape, according to state law, if “he or she engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex by forcible compulsion;” or “he or she engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated;” or “he or she, being 16 years or older, engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex who is less than 12 years old.”

First-degree rape is a Class-A felony, which could carry a life sentence.

The paper notes that “Johnson… has remained a student at Spanish Fort since his first arrest and has been eligible to play football.”  He did not play in the first two games of the season, but did take the field for the first time in 2012 this past weekend.  He was arrested at his high school Tuesday afternoon.

How these very serious and significant charges — if they even have any merit — will impact his recruitment on the part of the Tide remains unclear. has Johnson rated as a three-star prospect, ranked as the No. 13 player at any position in the state of Alabama.  As a junior last season, Johnson had 63 receptions and 19 touchdown catches.

In addition to the Tide, Johnson also held offers from, among others, LSU, Auburn and Mississippi State.

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37 Responses to “2013 Tide commit again arrested on rape charge”
  1. secucks says: Sep 26, 2012 4:20 PM

    SEC = Conference of Convicted Felons.

  2. monsterright says: Sep 26, 2012 4:33 PM

    This is why graduating HS before you are 19 should be encouraged.

  3. mgmac says: Sep 26, 2012 4:39 PM

    saban will still use him, saban has no integrity. saban is a liar

  4. mauldawg says: Sep 26, 2012 5:13 PM

    I agree with mgmac.Saban will take away a sch from some good kid and save it for this punk.Saban has NO INTEGRITY what so ever.Its all about wins at all cost.Will Saban or the SEC pay for this punks lawyer?My guess would be yes.Look for him to get an offer after he does a few days in jail or home arresr.Afterall he is just a misguided loss soul.
    Also how in the hell does this punk get to play HS football.His coach is as bad as Saban.

  5. jonkybon says: Sep 26, 2012 5:33 PM

    Spurrier has jumped in and offered to pay DJ, I mean pay DJ’s attorney out of his own pocket. Spurrier claimed, “The booster give me plenty of money to spend on convicts, I mean players.”

  6. thom4msu says: Sep 26, 2012 5:50 PM

    Why do black men even rape, when black women will drop and spread them anytime?

  7. raider2124 says: Sep 26, 2012 6:07 PM

    Where is everyone that supported this pos during his arrest. Two in a month, contests you just stepped it up to a serial rapists. Many more should come out and pit this scum behind bars for a long time

  8. John Taylor says: Sep 26, 2012 6:43 PM

    Even as I leave your misogynistic, racist BS up for posterity’s sake so that it can be rightly ridiculed, you, Senor Douche, have been banned.


  9. brewcrewfan54 says: Sep 26, 2012 7:41 PM

    It’s safe to say this guy may have character issues.

  10. brewcrewfan54 says: Sep 26, 2012 7:43 PM

    Kinda wish I would have seen what senor wrote to get himself banned considering how enlightening the comments are that didnt.

  11. yankeesgameday says: Sep 26, 2012 8:07 PM

    why does the law need to specify rape is of “a member of the opposite sex?”. you can’t be “raped” by a member of the same sex in Alabama?

  12. canetic says: Sep 26, 2012 8:26 PM

    If it was forcible rape at least her body has a way to shut down so she won’t get pregnant. Right?

  13. crturner84 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:00 PM

    Obviously you do need convicts on your team to win championships.

  14. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Sep 26, 2012 9:10 PM

    Some of the comments are a disgrace.

  15. Deb says: Sep 26, 2012 10:48 PM

    @brewcrewfan54 …

    I believe the senor to whom John Taylor refers is “thom4msu.” Although John has banned him from posting further comments, he decided to leave up this misogynistic, racist gem assuming it would generate ridicule. Instead, it seems to be generating thumbs up–probably from the same idiots deriding Southerners as though rape is common behavior to us all.

  16. Deb says: Sep 26, 2012 10:58 PM

    @mgmac and mauldawg …

    Yes, you are right. Nick Saban had a job with the Miami Dolphins, said he wouldn’t take a job with Alabama, then did after the Dolphins’ season ended. He said he wouldn’t, then did. He said they’d have to take him out of Miami in a pine box and then he appeared the very next day on the tarmac accepting his new job at Aub… oops, no that was Tommy Tuberville. Anyway, he lied.

    Based on that incident, though, I would say Saban has no integrity whatsoever. Clearly, he would condone rape. Rumor has it he bites the head off a live chicken before coming to work each morning. They say he kidnaps small children to use in Sabanic rituals. He keeps a stable of wild wicca women along with several motorcycles in a shed near a no-tell motel over in Northport. He used to hang out with Bobby Petrino before Bobby lost his job and found Jesus.

    Yes, that Saban is a devil he is. Hard to believe all those Bama folks let him coach their kids. Shocking.

  17. m2thejallday says: Sep 27, 2012 1:23 AM

    Your comment is extremely ignorant and repulsive. You should be ashamed at how idiotic you look. Take your bigotry somewhere else please.

  18. scott24105 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:35 AM

    SEC SEC SEC!!!!!!!

  19. jonkybon says: Sep 27, 2012 7:15 AM

    John Taylor says:
    Sep 26, 2012 6:43 PM
    Even as I leave your misogynistic, racist BS up for posterity’s sake so that it can be rightly ridiculed, you, Senor Douche, have been banned.

    Thank you. It’s too bad you can’t ban the dumb a$$e$ that gave this move a thumbs down as well. I wouldn’t doubt if 3/4 of those were alternate screen names.

  20. dickroy says: Sep 27, 2012 7:19 AM


    The comment you made above is sickening!

  21. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:22 AM

    @mgmac and mauldawg:
    @Deb will be burning a cross on your lawn very soon for having a problem with her Grand Wizard Mr Saban.

  22. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 27, 2012 8:31 AM

    I just love all this phony outrage. LOL

  23. kozbee says: Sep 27, 2012 9:48 AM

    Saban is so short he has trouble standing on his toes to look over a 5ft fence.DJ needs a few years behind bars to know when to open and close his zipper.IMO there are a few more out there and maybe a few under the age of 12 that DJ may have raped.When he does go to jail he can meet many others just as himself so they can brag on who had the youngest.

  24. florida727 says: Sep 27, 2012 9:57 AM

    JT, incomplete headline. I’m guessing it was because of “space constraints”, otherwise it would have read, “SOON TO BE FORMER 2013 Tide commit again arrested on rape charge”.

    I know a lot of you hate Saban, probably because he wins, and almost certainly if he beats your team, but the guy is a good coach and I doubt he’d put up with a guy like this. Besides, the kid is a THREE-star player? Not that that should matter, but seriously, schools like Alabama, USC, Oklahoma, Oregon, LSU, the list can go on, have 4-star and some 5-star high schoolers sitting on the bench. This kid stood little chance of getting significant playing time I’m guessing.

    Very quietly, that scholarship offer will get pulled… soon.

  25. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 27, 2012 10:15 AM

    @florida727: define “good coach” please? For 60 years we thought Joe Paterno was a “good coach” and we now see how that turned out.

    Forget this kid, what about the Johnson kid mentioned here yesterday that beat someone unconcious? HE’LL BE STARTING ON SATURDAY. Why does he “put up with a guy like this”???

    Im just playing Devils Advocate here because the sin of one “Johnson” isnt really that much different then the sin of this “Johnson” kids….although it IS ironic that both are named JOHNSON.

    I would argue that he is NOT a “good coach” and I would not want my kids playing for him. Hell even his own daughter is a nasty little brat with a court date now. If he can tolerate it from his own flesh and blood what makes you think he wouldnt let it slide for a player thats going to make him look better? Hes all about himself, dont be fooled by the camera acting.

  26. thraiderskin says: Sep 27, 2012 10:42 AM

    @Raiders2124, Are you wanting a response from the people who said “lets get the whole story and make sure its not just a case of two highschoolers having sexual relations, then her parents found out?” If that is the case, than here I am(I’m not the only one, but I did say let’s wait). My point was that our laws are so anti-men, some of these kids are getting nailed, purely because the girl’s parents got upset. The real crime does happen, but when you tell me about two highschoolers, 2nd degree rape(statutory), I’m going to patiently consider the “mights.” Obviously, this kid is getting charged with 1st degree Rape in another case, that does not mean he gets the same leeway. I will say, guilty til proven innocent and that is how we should all view this.

  27. imaduffer says: Sep 27, 2012 11:34 AM

    Unless Alabama adds Alabama State Prison to their schedule, I don’t think Mr. Saban will see Mr. Johnson play.

  28. Deb says: Sep 27, 2012 11:35 AM

    @tlmoon2112 …

    No, dear, I went with humor. I believe cross-burning is more your style.

  29. Deb says: Sep 27, 2012 11:38 AM

    tlmoon2112 …

    While you’re busy damning Saban, have you bothered to notice that this kid is still a high school student who doesn’t play for the Tide? Or are you illiterate, too?

  30. Deb says: Sep 27, 2012 11:43 AM

    Oh wait … you’re ranting about the kid who’s facing a civil suit for a two-year-old hazing incident. Well, yes, by all means, Saban should bench a kid and end his football career because he and his fraternity have been sued by another kid. No criminal charges have been filed. No evidence has been presented except that one kid has sued some others.

    You really have an ax to grind, don’t you? His daughter’s a brat with a court date … and of course, she’s guilty. Wow, with you around, we don’t need juries anymore. LOL

  31. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:15 PM

    Obviously, I got under Mrs. Updyke’s skin. (@deb)

  32. Deb says: Sep 27, 2012 3:18 PM

    @tlmoon2112 …

    I’m interested in my own team–nothing unusual about that. But I’ve never wasted keystrokes slamming rival teams on here or PFT. Just trying to figure out what makes a troll tick … or a tick troll, as the case may be.

  33. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:42 PM

    Oh I see, so having an opinion about a team other then your own is “wasted keystrokes” and I shouldn’t comment since its not about my team.

    Maybe you should “troll” some of my other posts where I said “no one will beat Alabama”. Did you bother to read any of that?? I’ve posted that at least twice and I wasnt being sarcastic. It’s pretty much such a sure thing that I almost hope my own team doesnt get to Atlanta to be embarrassed by them…Id rather someone else’s team suffer through it. We’re those “wasted keystrokes” too??

    Now that I understand the rules and that you make them, I will yield to your rule. If you’ll give me an email address, I will gladly ask permission to comment on subjects that dont concern my own team before I post on them. I had no idea that you ran the place so my apologies.

  34. Deb says: Sep 27, 2012 4:03 PM

    tlmoon2112 …

    I’ve read your positive posts, and I’m not begrudging you stating your opinion. Just don’t get why people come to every post to rip another team or coach. There’s another guy on here who I really like–nice guy, has always been very nice to me. But he pops up on every Auburn thread slamming them on Cam Newton, and I don’t get that either. Nothing was proved there–it’s time to move on. Why bug them about it on every article? I just don’t get the hate.

  35. Deb says: Sep 27, 2012 4:04 PM

    tlmoon2112 …

    Besides, you’ve got to figure that if you rip at someone’s team/coach/conference all the time, there are going to be people like me who feel like they need to defend “the family,” so to speak. Why would you find that so surprising?

  36. kozbee says: Oct 1, 2012 7:40 PM

    Why can`t we all get along.

  37. dkhhuey says: Oct 3, 2012 2:04 PM

    @thom4msu – you are a complete and utter piece of sh!t! I can only hope you find your way to a prison cell for years and discover just what it means to have lots of prison boyfriends!

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