Former Poland band volunteer gets mixed verdict

A former volunteer with the Poland High School band is charged with exposing himself to a student.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Poland music instructor who was charged with exposing himself to a teenage female student was found guilty on one count, but not guilty on two others.

A jury on Wednesday afternoon convicted Kevin Downs on a charge of public indecency. That jury also acquitted Downs of abduction and unlawful restraint.

His victim claims he had exposed himself in front of her in 2012 as they worked sorting through a collection of CDs and then tried to keep her from leaving his house where the incident occurred. Afterward, we spoke with the victim, who is now 18.

“I am just happy that I got something out of it. Literally, all I want is some peace in my life and having that there, what I fought for, was worth it,” Emily Moon said.

Emily Moon will be a freshman at Kent State University in the fall.

Although Downs was given a 60-day jail sentence, the judge agreed to delay that while the case is appealed. Downs testified during the trial that the button fly on his sweatpants simply popped open and that he never exposed his genitals to the girl.

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