The State of Ohio’s case against Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings is set for trial on December 11 with jury selection beginning at 9 am.
55 year old Rings was indicted in June on misdemeanor charges stemming from a sexual relationship with a young woman that was both the suspect in one case he was prosecuting and the victim in another. Suspect and victim Amy Davis claimed she was sexually molested by Rings.
Text messages and courthouse surveillance footage tell the story of a philandering official, repeatedly using his authority to pressure attractive young women into sex. Davis’ accusation opened Pandora’s box revealing that there have been dozens of such victims over many years of Rings’ tenure in the prosecutor’s office.
More than two dozen individuals testified against Rings in the grand jury proceedings that led to indictments on two counts – second-degree misdemeanor coercion and third-degree misdemeanor sexual imposition.
Sources revealed to RCNN that there was sufficient evidence for felony charges to be brought against Rings, but only misdemeanor charges were pursued. The case has been under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation since October 2017.
Despite the indictments, Rings remains in office and continues to prosecute cases on behalf of the state. Once the matter has been adjudicated, Rings will have to answer to the Ohio Ethics Commission and the Ohio Disciplinary Counsel.
The trial is scheduled to take place at the Washington County Courthouse. Former Summit County Judge Patricia Cosgrove will hear the case.