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Police Charge Throop Man With Sexual Assault Of A Minor

April 2, 2019

When police confronted a Throop man about a sexual assault of a minor, he said it happened four years ago and the incident was “past tense.” He said he wanted to move forward, not backward. Police moved forward Monday when they charged David Paul Evans, 28, 533 Charles St., Throop, with five felony counts and one misdemeanor count of sexual assault of a minor and related crimes, according to arrest papers. The Times-Tribune does not identify victims of sexual assault. According to arrest papers, Evans drove the victim and her friend, also underage, to school and propositioned them in the car in 2014, police said. He said they could skip school if they performed a sexual act on him, but they both declined, according to the affidavit. Several weeks later, the Evans showed up at the girl’s home with alcohol around 1 or 2 a.m. and the girl’s mother was asleep. Evans, the victim and male juvenile watched movies and drank. Evans brought the victim upstairs and started to kiss and fondle her, but she pushed him away and said it was wrong, police said. In her bedroom, he exposed himself and forced her to perform a sexual act, police said. The victim said the next thing she remembered was waking up the next morning in her bed, and Evans was gone, police said. Several years later, on Feb. 12, when the victim’s mother found out about the assault, she notified Evan’s girlfriend. While the girlfriend and Evans argued about the allegation, a friend overheard and contacted police. When police interviewed Evans, he dismissed the event, saying it is old news, but admitted to the incident and said he felt bad afterward and “knew it was not right,” police said. Evans is charged with one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16-years of age; one count of sexual assault; one count of statutory sexual assault: 8-11 years older; two counts of corruption of minors — defendant age 18 or above; and one count of indecent assault by forcible compulsion. He was arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Alyce Hailstone Farrell and taken to Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 15. Contact the writer: drosler@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, x. 5365; droslerTT on Twitter