Since RCNN broke the story in October about an ongoing investigation against Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings, victims have been coming forward in droves leaving many members of the community wondering why he is still in office and responsible for prosecuting crimes.
The investigation was prompted by an accusation from suspect/victim Amy Davis who claims 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. Far from being the only one violated in this way, 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.
Often these victims are between the ages of 18-30, they are mothers afraid of losing their children, and they are facing prosecution for drug offenses. So, with the threat of jail and foster care dangled over their heads, these females are not in a position to resist.
Not that Rings’ misdeeds stop there. He also stands accused of inappropriate behavior with female courthouse employees.
It is a mystery to me why Rings has not stepped down pending the outcome of a full investigation in order to spare his wife and children further embarrassment. After all, while they were spending their Sundays in church, his own phone records indicate he was at the courthouse texting and arranging hookups with girls in trouble.
So, why is Rings still in office as the Ohio Bureau of Investigation examines the accusations against him? There are likely a number of reasons.
First and foremost, the Ohio BCI is essentially investigating one of their own. Rings prosecutes cases on behalf of the county and state. Some have suggested he is getting a pass because like Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine who oversees Ohio BCI, Rings is a Republican. However, the reality is likely much more about dollars and cents. If Rings is removed and prosecuted, not only would those cases involving victimized women be thrown out, but the state could stand to lose millions if all of the cases he has prosecuted during his time at the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office were thrown out. All of those convictions are now in jeopardy. What would happen if all of those cases were to be re-tried? Our courts will face a massive and expensive backlash.
Yet, while the wait for justice in the Rings case seems long and perhaps unlikely, there is something anyone can do to take a stand.
The Ohio Disciplinary Counsel is responsible for investigating allegations of ethical misconduct against judges and attorneys. Anyone can file a complaint by downloading the form located here: https://www.supremecourtofohio.gov/Discipli…/…/complaint.asp . It is necessary to sign and date the complaint and to mail it to the address provided. The Ohio Disciplinary Council has the authority to remove Rings from the bench or to suspend his license to practice law until a full investigation has been conducted and the findings made public.
To anyone who has been violated by Rings, please come forward and tell your story to an investigator. Your identity will be protected. And, you are not alone. There is no better time to share your story. Ears are poised to believe you and the support system for women who are victims of sexual crimes has never been better. This systemic behavior must stop and you can be the hero that makes that difference. This hasn’t just happened to one or two people and you can help other victims and future would-be victims by providing some details to investigators. If you aren’t sure who you can trust, contact me and I will assist.
For everyone who is wondering why Rings still has a job, please consider filing a complaint with the Ohio Disciplinary Counsel requesting immediate action based on the following: Kevin Rings is a threat to the safety and welfare of the general public. He has used county resources to foster multiple sexual relationships with drug offenders and dealers. He has been compromised and cannot be counted upon to exercise good judgment on behalf of the voters he was elected to serve. Kevin Rings should lose his law license with no further delay because not only is he not fit to be a prosecutor, there is an enormous body of evidence detailing his dangerous and unethical behavior in the practice of law.
Depending on the level of detail you wish to submit, additional documents may be requested. Also, don’t be concerned by the ODC’s statement about the confidentiality of the investigation – the criminal investigation against Rings is already public knowledge.
From all indications, removal of Ring’s license by demand of the people may be the fastest means to justice. However, I think we all know there is also power in the petition process – and in this day and age nearly anyone can set up an online petition and begin its circulation. Whatever you decide to do, whether you are a victim or observer, if you feel strongly about this matter, please speak out. Exercise your right to free speech and the right to protest this unethical behavior.
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Peace be with you. And, may the New Year be better than the last.