Covering Louisiana

Jan 26, 2012 6:58 PM by AP

Lawyers denounce prosecution from post-BCS video

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lawyers for an Alabama man accused of committing sexual battery on an unconscious LSU fan after the BCS championship football game say it's mind-boggling that police and prosecutors would give substantial energy and attention to the matter.

New Orleans attorneys Miles Swanson and Michael Kennedy said in a statement Thursday that charging 32-year-old Brian Downing with sexual battery "demeans the real and serious trauma of actual victims of sexual violence."

In a video that went viral on the Internet, Downing was shown exposing himself and simulating a sex act on an apparently unconscious man in an LSU-purple T-shirt after Alabama defeated the Tigers on Jan. 9.

Downing surrendered to New Orleans police and was booked with sexual battery and obscenity.

He is free on $10,000 bond.

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