Ohio Supreme Court Appoints Judge to Oversee Proceedings Against Washington County Prosecutor

Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings is under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for allegations involving an inappropriate relationship with the female victim of a crime.

After months of investigating, the River City News Network was able to confirm some of the basic facts of the case thanks to multiple sources. Rings refused to comment.

On October 3 the Supreme Court of Ohio assigned the case to retired Summit County Judge Patricia A Cosgrove. She is to preside “for the purpose of appointing a special prosecutor and to hear any matter arising from that appointment”.

RCNN readers may recall that Cosgrove presided over the 2015 corruption case involving Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly.

The woman involved with Rings was not only a victim of a crime, but was also facing charges at the time of the relationship. She claims that Rings “sexually molested” her.

RCNN has received several complaints from citizens indicating that the incident was keeping Rings from performing the job he was elected to do.

The 31 year old woman pled guilty to selling meth in August after she was caught selling to an undercover agent.

Text messages between the two show Rings repeatedly asking for risqué pictures and the woman complying, calling herself his “little outlaw” and telling him that she likes a powerful man to “take” what he wants.

About River City News Network

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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1 Response to Ohio Supreme Court Appoints Judge to Oversee Proceedings Against Washington County Prosecutor

  1. JAMES MILLS says:

    I witnessed him first hand corrupt a witness that was facing 3 felony robbery charges and drug charges remain free until he used her to lie in court and convict an innocent man.

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