The member of the Grammy Award-winning rock band was arrested on charges of willful torture, willful abuse, and cruelly beating or otherwise wilfully maltreating a child under the age of 18, it has been reported.

Associated Press

The drummer for Grammy Award-winning rock band Alabama Shakes is in custody on child abuse charges.

Steven William Johnson, 35, was arrested Wednesday after being indicted on charges of willful torture, willful abuse and cruelly beating or otherwise willfully maltreating a child under the age of 18, news outlets reported.

Johnson was taken to the Limestone County Jail. Bond was set at $21,500. It was not clear if Johnson has an attorney who could comment on the charges.

Alabama Shakes Drummer Steve Johnson
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Managers for the band did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

An arraignment date is set for April 7.

Details of the alleged abuse were not immediately available.

Johnson was booked into 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 county jail records said Sunday that a release date was ‘not set.’ 

Steven Johnson, 35, was arrested March 24 after he was indicted on charges of willful torture, willful abuse and cruelly beating or otherwise willfully maltreating a child under the age of 18

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

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

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

‘He’s mad because (we’re) divorced and he’s mentally unstable,’ the woman wrote in the protection order request.

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