Have to love the power of the internet. And, in this case, the sheer stupidity of someone who willingly commits a possible crime while being recorded with a cell phone.
Less than a week after a video surfaced of an Alabama fan “placing his genitals” on a seemingly unconscious LSU fan after the BCS championship game on Deadspin.com, police have arrested a man in connection to said video.
According to multiple media outlets, a man,Brian Downing of Alabama, has turned himself in to New Orleans police and been booked on charges of sexual battery and obscenity. Downing, 32, came to the police station with his lawyer yesterday. His bond has been set at $10,000.
New Orleans police issued an alert to aid in identifying the man two days ago. Outkickthecoverage.com reports that Downing’s identity was discovered via an Auburn message board, although the Associated Press adds that both LSU and Alabama provided information that led to Downing’s arrest.
Interestingly enough, Downing’s second cousin, Sheriff Heath Taylor of Russell County, Ala., was the one who made the call to Downing’s father to bring Downing to a Phenix City police station after he had heard about Downing’s connection to the video. Taylor also called NOPD and asked them to make a decision on Downing.
“I wasn’t going to let anybody say that because he’s my family I wasn’t doing anything about it,” Taylor told the AP. ”You’ve just got to do the right thing.”
Downing has also been fired from his job at a Hibbertt Sports store.