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Alabama college football fan charged with sexual battery over lewd video

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Nina Mandell

Anniston, AL

#1 Jan 21, 2012
Alabama college football fan charged with sexual battery over lewd video

Brian Downing was caught on video putting his genitals on passed-out LSU fan


Friday, January 20 2012, 4:13 PMGerald Herbert/AP

Brian Downing, who allegedly sexually assaulted a passed-out LSU football fan in the French Quarter after the recent BCS Championship college football game, is escorted by detectives for booking in New Orleans.

An Alabama fan was booked after cops said he was filmed allegedly sexually abusing an LSU fan.

Brian Downing, of Smiths Station, Ala., was charged with sexual battery and obscenity for his role in the incident, where he was caught on a four-minute video putting his genitals and simulating a sexual act on a "heavily inebriated" drunk man, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

The 32-year-old Downing turned himself into cops on Thursday night, after New Orleans police issued a warrant for his arrest.

He was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

The video, which was first posted to an Alabama football fan site and then went viral earlier this week, was filmed after Alabama beat LSU for the BCS title earlier this month.

Cops said the incident happened in a Krystal restaurant on Bourbon St. in New Orleans.

They said they began investigating the incident on Sunday, Jan. 15 — after being alerted to the rapidly spreading video.

Downing was fired from his job at Hibbett Sports in Columbus, Ohio, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported, after he was identified as the man in the video.

"We felt like we did a thorough job in the investigative process, and we were comfortable with the decision that we made," Scott Myers, Hibbett’s vice president of human resources and loss prevention, told the newspaper.

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