Bayou Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Placed on Leave

The Associated Press, carried in [Mobile AL]
December 8, 2005

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Timothy Wayne Evans, has been placed on administrative leave following allegations of sexual and substance abuse involving minors, Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb said in a statement Thursday.

The Mobile County district attorney has been notified of the allegations.

Lipscomb placed Evans on leave Monday after interviewing him. No further details were released. Evans could not be reached for comment.

Evans was serving as pastor of St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Bayou La Batre when the archdiocese received the complaint Dec. 2.

A church representative, the Rev. James J. Cink, immediately contacted the family making the complaint and apologized, according to the statement.

Lipscomb also plans to meet with parishes served by Evans. He asked that anyone with further information about Evans to come forward.

Evans was ordained on June 10, 1994. He previously was pastor at churches in Daphne and Monroeville.