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By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Abuser sentenced to thirty years prison time last week

Doug Evans will be required to register as a sex offender for life

 

Photo courtesy VPD

Douglas Evans

A Valdez man was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week after pleading guilty to a single count of sexual abuse of a minor.

Douglas Evans, age 47, was arrested in March of 2014 and was charged and later indicted on seven felony counts of sexual abuse. He has been in custody of law enforcement since his arrest last year.

Evans later pleaded guilty to a single count of abuse and the six remaining counts were dropped and a jury trial was averted.

"The time he got was not enough," the victim's mother said in an interview after Evans was sentenced, "but nothing would have been."

Judge Eric Smith imposed a fifty-year sentence and suspended twenty years and included a probation period of 15 years. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

"He has to register as a sex offender for life," Smith said during the emotional hearing that included testimony that Evans had sexually abused young girls since he was a child himself.

"Mr. Evans has committed a serious, serious, serious crime," Smith said while imposing the sentence.

The victim declined to testify or submit a victim impact statement to the court.

Before sentencing, Evans spoke on his own behalf and in a calm voice he told the court that he accepted responsibility for his crimes and offered no excuses for his abuse of the victim.

"I would ask mercy from the court but I know I don't deserve it," he said. "There's nothing I can think of to say to make it better but I am sorry."

Evans came to police attention in February of 2014 after the victim disclosed the abuse to a third party, who in turn contacted police.

Police at the time said the abuse was ongoing for three years.

"It was more a patterned activity," Smith noted during the hearing. "He did it in a manner so he wouldn't get caught."

Evans' court appointed attorney, Michael Horowitz, had argued that his client's crimes were "least serious" and that he deserved leniency from the court.

Testimony by an alleged victim who claimed Evans abused her over the course of several years in the 1980s was taken into consideration by Smith during the sentencing process. Evans denied the victim's allegations but Smith said he found her testimony credible.

Valdez Star photo

Douglas Evans as he was escorted from the courtroom back to the jail in Valdez a week ago Tuesday after he was sentenced for sexually abusing a minor.

"I just don't want him out anymore," she testified. "I don't want him to hurt anyone else."

Valdez police officer Aaron Baczuk testified that the abuse allegations were investigated by Valdez police even thought the alleged crimes occurred decades ago and did not occur in Valdez.

Assistant district attorney Brittany Dunlop told the court that prosecutors conducted an investigation into the allegations but felt too much time had lapsed for the DA to pursue additional charges against Evans.

Smith called Evans' actions "inexcusable" and noted that the victim faced years of healing and expressed concerns for her future welfare.

"You don't do that to a kid, period," he said.

 

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