by: Ryan Robinson
Police have charged a retired high school science teacher with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Elizabethtown 18 years ago. Robert A. Evans, 62, of Dogwood Circle, Elizabethtown, also offered his alleged victim $10,000 if she would not press charges against him, Elizabethtown police Detective Clair Martin Jr. wrote in a criminal complaint.
Evans also threatened to shoot Martin, according to police. Evans had sexual contact with the girl several times between August 1994 and April 1995, according to a complaint.
The alleged victim, who is now 30, told Martin that Evans sexually assaulted her on a recliner at his former home on Foxfield Lane, according to the complaint. She said the assaults happened about two times a week over a two- to six-month period, starting when she was 11 years old
After one of the alleged assaults, the girl told her mother Evans had given her a “special kiss” and touched her underneath her clothes, according to the complaint.
When the girl’s mother confronted Evans, he initially denied doing it, but then broke down, cried and admitted touching the girl, the complaint states. Evans told the girl’s mother he had only done it once and she did not press her daughter for details.
Martin said he does not know why the girl did not report Evans to authorities before this year.
Evans admitted to police on April 12 that he had inappropriately touched the girl, according to the complaint.
Police also have accused Evans of committing other crimes.
A close friend of Evans contacted police May 28 and said Evans told him on the phone the previous day that he wanted to shoot Martin, according to the complaint.
“Evans was talking about Detective Clair Martin and told (the friend) that he wanted to sit back a few hundred yards and take one shot and pick him off,” the complaint states. He restated he would like to shoot the detective and said he “can make the shot.”
Martin said he has been threatened by suspects before, but took this one more seriously than most.
“He is a hunter,” Martin said of Evans. “He has a whole bunch of guns and the means to do it.”
On June 10, the girl’s mother told police that Evans had written to her about three weeks earlier, saying he would pay the girl $10,000 to not press charges against him, according to the complaint.
After she received the letter, the mother said, Evans regularly asked her to communicate the offer to her daughter.
He was arraigned and released on $200,000 unsecured bail, a spokeswoman for District Judge Jayne Duncan said.