NEW ORLEANS -- A man will spend two years in jail for exposing himself and rubbing his genitals in the face of an LSU fan after the BCS Championship game earlier this year.
32-year-old Brian Downing pleaded guilty to obscenity Tuesday morning.
The Alabama fan exposed himself to a passed-out LSU fan in the Krystal burger restaurant on Bourbon Street in the hours after the BCS championship game. The video of it went viral.
“It did gain national attention. This is something that was observed all throughout the United States and commented on,” said Eyewitness News legal analyst Donald “Chick” Foret.
“He did a very disgusting, despicable thing to put his genitals in the face of another human being,” said Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro outside of court Tuesday.
Downing pleaded guilty to two counts of obscenity in a plea agreement with prosecutors. He will be sentenced to two years in jail.
“Some of the comments we heard were this was a college prank and it should be treated in that fashion. But you've gotta realize the person responsible for this is a 30-year-old man. It's not a kid who was in college,” Cannizzaro said.
Downing was originally charged with sexual battery, an offense that would've required him to register as a sex offender. He will not have to register for the obscenity charge.
“Some of the comments we heard were well, he did it to another guy. Well, if he'd have done it to a young woman, I think everyone would be offended in a greater way. I don't think there should any difference here,” Cannizzaro said.
Downing and his attorneys declined to comment Tuesday.
But now, Downing will have to pay the price for a night of fun and a college rivalry that got out of hand.
“I know everyone thinks that there are no rules, there are no restrictions when you come to the city, especially on Bourbon Street,” Cannizzaro said.
And Foret said he thinks Downing's sentence sends a powerful message.
“You just can't come to this city as a tourist and do crazy things,” Foret said.
Experts said Downing will likely have to serve 10 months of that two-year sentence under Louisiana's new "good time" law.