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Sources: Man suspected of sexual battery against LSU fan leaves jail in disguise

Brian Downing, 32 (Source: NOPD) Brian Downing, 32 (Source: NOPD)

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM/AP) – Bond has been set at $10,000 for a Smiths Station man charged with committing sexual battery on an unconscious Louisiana State University fan after the BCS championship football game in a video that went viral online. 

Brian Downing, 32, was booked on charges of sexual battery and obscenity. He was videotaped Jan. 9 "placing his genitals on an LSU fan's face. The LSU fan appears to be heavily inebriated and practically unconscious," a police statement said. 

WDSU reports that Downing left jail Friday in a disguise. 

That videotape, the last minute of which shows a man in a red Alabama jacket simulating a sex act, went viral on the Internet. The incident happened at the Krystal Burger located at 116 Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Police said sex crimes detectives met Downing at his attorney's office in New Orleans, where officers arrested him. Downing looked at the ground as officers escorted him in handcuffs into the jail. Neither he nor the officers answered questions.

They said LSU and Alabama University campus police helped them collect information and evidence needed to get a warrant for Downing's arrest.

Downing left Phenix City with his attorney around 3 p.m. EST Thursday and was fully cooperating with police.  

Downing met with Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor, who happens to be his second cousin, before heading to New Orleans. "First off, I didn't believe an Alabama fan would do it, and it was even harder to swallow," said Sheriff Taylor. "This is out of character for him...You have consequences for what you do, and your family is not immune to that."

The phone lines on the popular Paul Finebaum Radio Show in Alabama lit up all Thursday afternoon with callers.  

Downing, an Alabama fan, worked at Hibbett Sports in Phenix City, but he was terminated Wednesday.   

"After we looked into it and investigated the matter, we made the decision to terminate this person's employment with the company," said Scott Myers with Hibbett Sports.  

As regards the incident involving the Alabama fan, Myers simply said, "It doesn't represent anything about our company."

Myers would not say what the man's position was with the company or how long he had been employed.  He says they were first made aware of the video Wednesday and fired him. 

Downing appeared in Orleans Parish Magistrate Court on Friday morning.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available. 


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