‘Bama fan charged with sexual battery following viral video

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An Alabama

fan was charged Thursday with sexual battery after authorities say he

was captured on video performing a simulated sex act on an unconscious

LSU fan after the BCS championship game.

An Orleans Parish grand

jury indicted 32-year-old Brian H. Downing on one count each of sexual

battery of a male victim and obscenity.

A video that went viral

on the Internet is believed to have been taken at a fast-food restaurant

in New Orleans after Alabama defeated LSU on Jan. 9. A man wearing

Crimson Tide attire appears to be “placing his genitals on an LSU fan’s

face. The LSU fan appears to be heavily inebriated and practically

unconscious,” a police statement said.

Authorities say that Tide

fan was Downing of Smiths Station, Ala., who had been booked on charges

of sexual battery and obscenity. The court set bond at $50,000.

“While we’re obviously disappointed, we remain confident in our defense,” said Downing’s attorney Michael Kennedy.

Kennedy said he hoped the case would be brought to a quick resolution.

“It’s

my impression that the state is anxious to get this done,” Kennedy

said. “There is no resolution on the table at this time, but we hope to

get something done quickly.”

Downing remains “fairly upbeat considering the situation,” Kennedy said.

Downing

was fired from his job after the video was posted, the attorney said,

and has been unable to find another because of charges pending against

him.