Police arrest Ala. man in post-BCS video

By Janet Mcconnaughey

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Jan. 19 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Brian Downing, who allegedly sexually assaulted a passed out LSU football fan in the French Quarter after the recent BCS Championship college football game, is escorted by detectives for booking on charges of sexual battery and obscenity at the New Orleans Police Department headquarters in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012.

Gerald Herbert, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — A 32-year-old Alabama man has been arrested in connection with a video appearing to show an unconscious LSU fan being abused by someone in an Alabama jacket after Alabama beat LSU for the BCS football championship.

New Orleans police say Brian Downing of Smiths Station, Ala., was booked late Wednesday on allegations of sexual battery and obscenity for allegedly putting his genitals on the face of an LSU fan who appeared to be drunk "and practically unconscious."

Police say sex crimes detectives met Downing at his attorney's office in New Orleans before arresting him

He looked at the ground as officers escorted him into the jail. Neither he nor the officers answered questions.

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