Is the Washington County Prosecutor Marietta’s own Harvey Weinstein?

On October 27, RCNN first reported that Prosecutor Kevin Rings is under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation following allegations from a victim/suspect that he “sexually molested” her.  Rings refused to respond to the allegations. Early in October the Ohio Supreme Court assigned the case to a retired judge for the purpose of appointing a special prosecutor and to “hear any matter arising” from the investigation.

Since the story broke, three more alleged victims have contacted RCNN to share their stories. They have been advised to contact BCI. The three young women describe a pattern of “creepy” behavior that made them uncomfortable in the extreme. They recognized the behavior as “crossing ethical boundaries” but were afraid to either resist or call him out.

One such victim, who claims the bad behavior has been going on for years, said Rings would try to rub up against her (while in the courthouse) and often whispered inappropriate comments in her ear. Some victims have tried reporting the unethical practices to traditional local news outlets hoping they would pursue an investigation – but without success.

The three victims all say that at the time of their troubling interactions with Rings they did not report him to the authorities because they believed local attorneys would cover for him. They also assume a general notion that the prosecutor is “in bed” with law enforcement. In other words, they believed Rings was the law and that there would be no recourse for them as his alleged victims. Two of these incidents involved young women who were in trouble with the law. The third worked in the courthouse, where Rings was considered her “superior”.

It is unclear what impact if any the #metoo campaign might be having on the Rings accusers. Over the past couple of weeks many women (and men) have come forward with similar claims following very public sexual harassment allegations brought against filmmaker Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey – who both consequently entered rehab for what they are calling a “sex addiction”. Those who have found themselves victims of sexual wrongdoing use the hashtag on social media to indicate solidarity with other victims and to bring awareness to the magnitude of the issue.

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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2 Responses to Is the Washington County Prosecutor Marietta’s own Harvey Weinstein?

  1. Brad says:

    This latest story is dangerous and troubling, to say the least. Callie, if these ladies contacted you and you referred them to authorities, did you follow up with those officials to see if these new allegations were reported and are being investigated? If not, why not? Who is to say these “victims” weren’t put up to this by the first individual, whose credibility has to be called into question based on the fact she was charged with being a meth-head. Why go to the media and not the police to begin with? Seriously. And for my two cents, these folks can’t go to the media and not be named in the article. Credibility, Callie. Credibility.

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  2. J. Brian Turrill says:

    Well done Callie. These young would not stand a chance had you not gone to media first. I personally have been a victim of lies and deceit by Washington County and would like to share my story with EVERYONE. Please contact me.

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