Ex-Priest Indicted on Sex Charge
By John C. Ensslin
Rocky Mountain News [Colorado]
August 30, 2006
A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a former Catholic priest on a charge of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy who was in the midst of a spiritual crisis.
The indictment accuses Timothy Joseph Evans, 43, of sexual assault by a person in a position of trust. Evans allegedly had sexual contact with the boy sometime between 1995 and 1997 while Evans was serving as vicar at the Spirit of Christ parish in Arvada.
The charge is the second filed against Evans this year. In March, Larimer County prosecutors charged Evans with assaulting a young boy in 1998 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Collins. The status of that case was not available Tuesday night.
According to a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Denver, Evans was ordained in 1993. He was removed from his parish ministry in 2002 and removed from his priestly responsibilities in 2003.
Evans surrendered to Loveland Police on Monday. He posted a $25,000 bond pending a Sept. 7 court appearance in Jefferson County District Court.
Neither Evans, who lives in Loveland, nor his lawyer could be reached for comment Tuesday night.
According to the indictment, the 16-year-old boy started questioning his religious beliefs sometime after May 1995 and checked out a book from a library on the satanic bible.
After the boy's father found the book in his son's backpack, he and his wife, described as very active in the church, met with Evans for guidance and counseling.
During a meeting with the boy, Evans suggested they lie down on the floor, the indictment alleges. While lying on the floor, the boy said the priest rubbed his chest. The rubbing continued until Evans allegedly rubbed the boy's crotch.
A spokesman for a clergy abuse advocacy group praised the youngster for reporting the incident.
"We ache for every child who was molested by Father Evans," said David Clohessy, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
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