FILE – This Sunday, January 28, 2018, Steve Johnson of Alabama Shakes accepts the best American roots performance for “Killer Diller Blues” at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in Madison Square Garden, New York. Johnson, the drummer for Grammy Award-winning rock band Alabama Shakes, is in custody for child molestation. Johnson, 35, was arrested on Wednesday March 24, 2021 after being charged with willful torture, willful abuse, and cruel beating or other willful mistreatment of a child under the age of 18. (Photo by Matt Sayles / Invision / AP File)
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The drummer for Grammy Award-winning rock band Alabama Shakes is in custody for child molestation.
Steven William Johnson, 35, was arrested Wednesday after being charged with willful torture, willful abuse and cruel beating or other willful ill-treatment of a child under the age of 18.
Johnson was taken to Limestone County Jail. The bond was set at $ 21,500. It wasn’t clear if Johnson had a lawyer to comment on the charges. The band’s managers did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.
A negotiation date is April 7th.
Johnson pleaded guilty in March 2020 of violating a domestic violence protection order in Limestone County. He received a one year suspended sentence in prison with 24 months probation.
The Athens, Alabama-based band has been on hiatus since 2018 when singer Brittany Howard decided to focus on her solo project.