Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson accused of felony sexual assault

By Adam Silverstein
March 26, 2022
Florida basketball star Keyontae Johnson accused of felony sexual assault
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Florida Gators forward Keyontae Johnson, who has not suited up for the program since the start of the 2020-21 season due to a potentially career-ending heart issue, has been accused of first-degree felony sexual assault, according to Alachua County Court records. Johnson, 22, allegedly committed sexual battery upon a person of 18 years of age or older without that person’s consent.

Johnson has not been charged by the State Attorney’s Office at this time as the process is just getting underway.

Johnson allegedly had sex with a prior friend who was inebriated and potentially unable to provide consent for his actions, records show. The alleged assault occurred in Johnson’s off-campus apartment during an evening gathering at a community pool. The accuser underwent a sexual assault exam the following day before contacting police another day later.

Gainesville Police set up a phone call between the 19-year-old accuser and Johnson on which law enforcement listened but did not participate verbally, records show. During that March 4 call, Johnson confirmed he had unprotected sex with the accuser a week earlier but claimed to have asked for her consent. Not contained in the records is how the accuser responded to that claim during the the call.

The accuser told police she had consensual sex with Johnson last summer but denied subsequent advances over the months that followed. Her accusation includes a mix of confirmed details and more vague recollections during the time frame that the alleged assault took place.

The complaint was filed March 16 with the case formally opened Thursday and made available Friday. Johnson was reportedly unaware of the accusation until contacted by a reporter Friday.

Johnson is on pace to graduate at the conclusion of the spring 2022 semester. He has retained a Gainesville-area lawyer and denies wrongdoing.

Fresh Take Florida’s T.J. Legacy-Cole first reported the incident, confirming details of the court documents and police report with witnesses who were with the accuser that night.

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