A Hackensack man accused of sexually assaulting juvenile girls has pleaded guilty to the crime.
Arthur Austin-Ellis Evans, 35, entered his guilty plea to two counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct Monday in Cass County District Court. His sentencing has been set for 1 p.m. on Dec. 12.
Evans was accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl to whom he was related after injecting her with medicine to make her sleep which he stole from his employer. According to court documents, Evans admitted to investigators that he drugged and sexually assaulted the girl on Feb. 9 or Feb. 10. He also said he had in the past inappropriately touched many other young girls and has photos/videos of some of the incidents.
Evans told investigators that he has known for a long time there is something wrong with him because he is sexually attracted to young girls, that he knows he is a pedophile and needed help but never sought help because of the stigma associated with pedophilia.
Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie said during the investigation investigators located a second victim of Evans, resulting in an additional charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
While a pre-sentence investigation has been ordered, Strandlie said the recommended sentence as part of Evans’ plea is for two consecutive 144 month prison terms, a total of 24 years in prison.
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