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Man faces five sexual assault counts
JOSHUA EVANS: Police say Anchorage man met Valdez 14-year-old on
(Published: September 19, 2003)
A 24-year-old Anchorage man has been arrested and charged with five
counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly having
sex with a 14-year-old Valdez girl he met on the Internet, Anchorage
police said Thursday.
Joshua D. Evans is being held at the Anchorage Jail in lieu of $15,000
According to charges filed in court Thursday, the girl told police
she met Evans in March. She said Evans located her through postings
she had made on the Internet. The girl told detectives that she
and Evans were aware of each other's ages, and had sex three times.
Police found out about the relationship in July from a woman who
lived in Vancouver, Wash., the charges say. The woman told police
she had been talking to Evans for about two years on the Internet
and had recently had a "disturbing" chat with him, about
how he was having sex with a 14-year-old.
Anchorage police launched an investigation and tracked down the
juvenile, with the help of the Valdez Police Department. The teen
told detectives that she had intercourse with Evans in his room
at his mother's house in Anchorage.
Detectives interviewed the teen's mother, who said she was aware
her daughter knew a person in Anchorage named Joshua, but had been
told he was 17, charges say. The mother said her daughter communicated
daily with Joshua on the computer, usually early in the morning,
around 2:30 a.m. She said her daughter had recently been to Anchorage
multiple times to visit relatives. The mother should have had some
sort of monitoring program in place
on the computer so this could have been avoided. What a nightmare.
In August, police got a warrant to record a computer chat conversation
between the teen and Evans. Police say the girl told Evans that
she'd divulged his age to her mother. Evans "asked her several
questions about why she had told her," charges say, and then
told the teen they were now just friends.
After the chat, police interviewed the 14-year-old a second time.
The girl told police Evans was into "amateur porn" and
had pornography stored on his computer, charges say. The teen "did
not know if he had any 'child porn' on his computer, but said he
likes younger girls," the charges say.
Police got a warrant for Evans' residence in South Anchorage. On
a computer in his bedroom they said they found a list of "buddies"
who were currently online, one of which was the teen from Valdez.
They also found letters from the Washington woman, charges say.
Evans was present during most of the search and told police he wanted
to talk to an attorney before making any statements, charges say.
Police spokesman Ron McGee said detectives found pictures of young
girls on Evans' computer, and they believe there could be other
victims. They are asking anyone who has chatted with Evans online
to contact them. He frequently used the chat nickname "Grinnmn,"
"This is becoming all too frequent in our city," McGee
said. "The point of this thing is parents need to be aware
what's going on with their children. There are predators out there
looking for children. Parents need to be aware what their kids are
doing on the Internet."
Evans has no criminal convictions in Alaska, charging documents
say. Each charge he faces carries a maximum sentence of up to 10
years in jail and a $100,000 fine.