Some four months after the video of an Alabama fan putting his “junk” on a passed-out LSU fan following the BcS title game went viral, charges have been filed against said fan.
According to the Associated Press, Brian H. Downing was indicted by an Orleans Parish grand jury and formally charged with one count each of sexual battery of a male victim and obscenity.
Bond was set at $50,000.
After an alert was issued for him by the New Orleans Police Department, Downing turned himself in to authorities Jan. 19. He was then arrested on charges of sexual assault and obscenity, and released on a $10,000 bond.
In the hours after the Tide’s title-game win over the Tigers Jan. 9, a man alleged to be Dowling was videotaped placing his genitals on another man at a packed Bourbon St. fast-food restaurant. The video exploded across the vast expanses of the Internet in the ensuing days, with people not connected to the situation clamoring for a police investigation.
In a statement released by the 32-year-old’s attorneys a week after his arrest, the defense team claimed the incident involving the 18-year-old victim was akin to frat-house hazing and said the accusation “demeans the real and serious trauma of actual victims of sexual violence.”