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.