Hearing Delayed for Former Priest Accused of Sexual Assault
Judge Denies Motion to Close Proceedings

By Sara Reed
The Coloradoan [Colorado]
January 27, 2006

Prosecution and defense attorneys in the case of a former priest accused of sexually assaulting a child have asked for additional time to discuss the possibility of a plea agreement.

Timothy Evans, 43, faces two counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in position of trust, one count of sexual assault on a child — pattern of abuse and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor stemming from incidents alleged to have occurred during his time at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 5450 S. Lemay Ave., where he served from 1998 to 2002.

Evans was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday morning during which time District Court Judge Jolene Blair was to decide whether there was enough evidence to send the case to trial. But the hearing was delayed at the request of both sides.

Blair did, however, deny a defense motion to close the preliminary hearing to the public. The Fort Collins Coloradoan and Denver Post challenged the defense's motion, which claimed that allowing the press access to the hearing would shift the presumption of innocence away from their client.

Blair found there was no legal reason for the hearing to be closed.

For complete details, see Saturday's Coloradoan.


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