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Gator basketball player Keyontae Johnson accused of sexual battery

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BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Keyontae Johnson, 22, who collapsed on the court in December of 2020 and has not played for the Florida Gators since that date but has remained on the roster, is potentially facing a charge of sexual battery.

According to a sworn complaint filed on March 16, the victim told Gainesville Police Department detectives that she and two friends attended a pool party at Johnson’s apartment complex on February 26. She said she was friends with Johnson and that she asked if she could use the bathroom in his apartment since the bathrooms at the pool were locked. She said that she and Johnson had walked to his apartment at about 6:20 p.m.

The report says that the victim had been drinking for hours before arriving at the party and continued drinking at the party. She reportedly remembers asking if she could use Johnson’s bathroom but doesn’t remember walking to his apartment. She told detectives she remembers lying down with Johnson on top of her and that Johnson asked her when she was last tested for STDs. She reportedly does not remember anything from then until 4:00 a.m., when she says she woke up in her bed. She told investigators that she felt like she’d had sexual intercourse.

Her two friends told detectives that the victim had been “drunk” and that they were concerned about her when she didn’t come right back from the apartment and sent her a text message at 6:52 p.m. The victim called her friends at 6:55 p.m. and said she was walking back to the party. Her friends said she returned to the pool a few minutes later but kept walking to the parking lot. She then sat down on a curb in the parking lot instead of returning to the party.

One of her friends checked on her at 7:20 p.m. and said she was “heavily intoxicated” and that she was unable to stand on her own, was throwing up in the bushes, and “was not making any sense.” One friend said the victim had called her on her phone, looking for her, even though the friend was “within an arm’s reach” of the victim and speaking to her.

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The victim reportedly underwent a Sexual Assault Exam on February 28 and reported the incident to the police.

On March 4, detectives monitored a phone call from the victim to Johnson, and they reported that during the call, Johnson acknowledged that the victim was “drunk” and “wildlin’.” Johnson reportedly admitted to having sexual intercourse with the victim and that it was unprotected. He also reportedly admitted that he asked her about her STD testing status and that he also asked if it was okay for him to have sex with her.

The two had previously had sexual intercourse, but the last time was in August of 2021, and the victim said she had declined multiple advances since that time and had made it clear to Johnson that she didn’t want to have intercourse any more.

A sworn complaint is an initial step in a potential prosecution; the State Attorney’s Office makes the decision on whether charges will be filed and whether the case will be prosecuted. No warrant has been issued for Johnson’s arrest at this time.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.