Ex-Priest Indicted in Teen's Assault
The Incident Allegedly Occurred a Decade Ago in Arvada. He Also Faces Charges in Larimer County
By Kieran Nicholson
Denver Post [Colorado]
August 29, 2006
A former Catholic priest has been indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on charges he sexually assaulted a teenage boy he was counseling.
Timothy Evans, 43, of Loveland is accused of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.
The assault allegedly took place between May 10, 1995, and May 10, 1997, when the boy was about 16, according to the indictment.
The parents of the teenager sent their son to Evans because the boy had been questioning his religious beliefs and had checked out a "satanic bible" from the library, according to court documents.
At the time, Evans was assigned to Spirit of Christ Catholic Community in Arvada as a vicar, and the boy's family was active in the church, the indictment said.
During a counseling session, Evans allegedly told the boy to to lay on the floor. Evans rubbed his chest and commented that the teen had a "barrel chest," according to the indictment. Evans also rubbed the boy's arms, legs and eventually his scrotum, according to the court document.
The boy "felt himself get flush" and "immediately jumped up because he was scared," the indictment said.
Evans' attorney could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The Archdiocese of Denver released a statement saying Evans "has the right to be presumed innocent and have the matter resolved by a court of law."
Evans also faces charges in Larimer County of sexually assaulting a Fort Collins youth in 1999 while he was pastor at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and is free on a $75,000 bond pending trial.
In the latest case, Evans turned himself in to police in Loveland, where he lives, on Monday. He posted a $25,000 bond, and his first court appearance in Jefferson County has been scheduled for Sept. 7.
In the Larimer County case, the arrest affidavit stated Evans had been accused of two other sexual liaisons, one with a minor in Arvada in 1996 and another with a married adult seeking guidance from Evans in 2000 in Fort Collins.
Evans has not been charged with a crime related to the 2000 Fort Collins incident.
Evans attended a therapy center for priests in St. Louis in early 2003. The Archdiocese of Denver has forbidden Evans from performing any priestly duties. He has been "out of ministry for the past three years," its statement said.
Staff writer Kieran Nicholson can be reached at 303-954-1822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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