Drummer for Grammy Award-winning band Alabama Shakes arrested on child abuse charge

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Drummer for Grammy Award-winning band Alabama Shakes arrested on child abuse charge

  • Steven Johnson was charged on the charges of willful torture, willful abuse, and cruel beating or otherwise willful abuse of a child under the age of 18.
  • Johnson, 35, was booked on March 24 at the Limestone County Jail in Athens, Alabama, west of Huntsville
  • Johnson pleaded guilty to violating domestic violence protection order in March 2020 and received a one-year suspended sentence
  • The band has been on hiatus since 2018 when singer Brittany Howard chose to focus on solo work

The drummer for the Grammy Award-winning rock band Alabama Shakes has been arrested on child abuse charges in Alabama.

Steven William Johnson, 35, was arrested and charged on March 24 on charges of willful torture, willful abuse and cruel beating or otherwise willful abuse of a child under the age of 18.

Details of the alleged abuse were not immediately available.

Johnson was shot in the Limestone County Jail in Athens, Alabama, about 34 miles west of Huntsville, Fox News reported

Johnson’s bond was set at $ 21,500, and the county’s prison records said on Sunday that a release date was ‘not set’.

Steven Johnson, 35, was arrested on March 24 after being charged with willful torture, willful abuse, and cruel beating or otherwise willfully assaulting a child under the age of 18.

Steven Johnson, 35, was arrested on March 24 after being charged with willful torture, willful abuse, and cruel beating or otherwise willfully assaulting a child under the age of 18.

Johnson, the drummer for Alabama Shakes, accepts the best American roots performance for 'Killer Diller Blues' at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 28, 2018.

Johnson, the drummer for Alabama Shakes, accepts the best American roots performance for 'Killer Diller Blues' at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 28, 2018.

Johnson, the drummer for Alabama Shakes, accepts the best American roots performance for ‘Killer Diller Blues’ at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City on January 28, 2018.

It was not immediately clear whether Johnson has an attorney who could comment on the allegations. The band’s managers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A date of indictment is scheduled for April 7.

Johnson pleaded guilty to violating a Limestone County domestic violence protection order in March 2020. He received a suspended sentence of one year in prison, with 24 months probation.

A judge issued the protection order in 2019 after Johnson’s ex-wife accused him of threatening and harassing her, AL.com reported

In a written request for protection from abuse, the woman said Johnson broke into her home and accused him of suffocating, injuring and stalking her, according to court records.

The couple divorced in 2018 after approximately three and a half years of marriage.

“ He is angry because (we) are divorced and he is mentally unstable, ” the woman wrote in the request for protection.

Alabama Shakes, from left, Heath Fogg, Brittany Howard, Steve Johnson and Zac Cockrell, at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15, 2016

Alabama Shakes, from left, Heath Fogg, Brittany Howard, Steve Johnson and Zac Cockrell, at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15, 2016

Alabama Shakes, from left, Heath Fogg, Brittany Howard, Steve Johnson and Zac Cockrell, at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15, 2016

Drummer Steve Johnson, right, performs with Alabama Shakes

Drummer Steve Johnson, right, performs with Alabama Shakes

Drummer Steve Johnson, right, performs with Alabama Shakes

A performance by Alabama Shakes, from an image posted on the band's Instagram account

A performance by Alabama Shakes, from an image posted on the band's Instagram account

A performance by Alabama Shakes, from an image posted on the band’s Instagram account

Based in Athens, Alabama, the band has been on a hiatus since 2018, when vocalist Brittany Howard decided to focus on a solo project.

The band members, who met in high school and won four Grammy awards together, have not commented on Johnson’s arrest.

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