Knoxville police searched the apartment of University of Tennessee football player A.J. Johnson at 6:55 p.m. on Nov. 16, the day he and teammate Michael Williams were accused of raping a 19-year-old female student, leaving with a variety of items that ranged from condom wrappers to a cell phone.
Police seized two bed comforters, a fleece blanket, one black pillowcase, a white T-shirt and one tan fitted sheet, according to a search warrant obtained by The Tennessean.
Police also seized one iPhone 5, four Trojan condom wrappers, one used condom, one silver Apple MacBook, one sheet of folded toilet paper and one marijuana grinder.
A Knoxville judge on Monday ordered other details in search warrants involving two University of Tennessee football players accused of rape be placed under seal.
Johnson, a senior, and Williams, a sophomore, were named as suspects in the rape of a UT student on Nov. 16. Williams was also named as the suspect in a second sexual assault on the same day by another 19-year-old woman, visiting from out of town, according to Knoxville police.
The first three pages of an affidavit outlining the Knoxville Police Department request for DNA from the two accused players have been placed under seal. Portions of a second warrant seeking evidence from Johnson’s apartment will also be placed under seal, according to Knoxville Criminal Court officials.
On Tuesday, Knox County Criminal Court Judge Bob McGee ordered Johnson, 22, and Williams, 20, to submit to DNA swabs at the Knoxville Police Department, according to two search warrants obtained by The Tennessean. Both players complied, according to the warrants. The portions of the warrants that were released contained no details or narrative explaining why Knoxville police sought the warrants.
The incidents allegedly occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 16 at Johnson’s off-campus apartment during what Knoxville police have called a “large gathering including athletes.”
The woman whom alleged Williams sexually assaulted her declined to press charges and returned home to Florida, Knoxville police said.
Johnson and Williams have both retained attorneys, according to Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk. As of Monday, no charges have been filed.
University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones last week suspended both players from all team-related activities.
Reach Matt Slovin on Twitter @MattSlovin. Reach Anita Wadhwani at 615-259-8092 or on Twitter @AnitaWadhwani.
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