Officer charged with 7 felonies for sex with underaged girl

Published on Feb 21, 2017 by PoliceCrime

ABERDEEN, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities in Moore County say an ex-school resource officer was charged Monday with sex crimes involving a teen student.

Joshua Matthew Evans, 35, of 884 Colonial Avenue in Aberdeen is facing seven sex crimes and other charges involving a 16-year-old girl, Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey said Monday evening in a news release.

The offense are said to have occurred between May and late January.

Court documents say the victim feels threatened and is in fear of possible retaliation.

Evans is a former school resource officer at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, according to deputies.

Moore County Schools released a statement regarding Evans: Earlier this month, Moore County Schools received an unverified report relating to Moore County School Police Officer Joshua Evans. Upon receiving the information, Moore County Schools Chief of Police Roberta Maness immediately asked the Moore County Sheriff’s Department to conduct an independent investigation and instructed Mr. Evans not to report to his assignment at Pinecrest High School until further notice. Mr. Evans was formally placed on administrative leave on February 8, 2017. He resigned his position effective February 20, 2017. Although the school system is legally prohibited from providing details of confidential personnel or student matters, Moore County Schools will continue to cooperate fully with the Sheriff’s Department and to take all appropriate measures to ensure the safety and protect the privacy of its students. Moore County Schools can confirm that the Sheriff’s Department has informed the district that the criminal charges against Mr. Evans relate to an alleged inappropriate relationship with one of our students. We ask that the media and members of the community understand the extreme sensitivity of this issue and the paramount importance of protecting the identity and privacy of our students. We have great faith in our Sheriff’s Department and our criminal justice system and are confident that this matter will be handled professionally and with full respect for due process of law. “

Evans is charged with five counts of a felony sex act with a student, two counts of felony crimes against nature, one count of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of misdemeanor assault on a female, Godfrey said.

Evans is being held in the Moore County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

His first court appearance is planned for March 14.

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