Rings Trial Set for December 11

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.

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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