A former Columbus psychologist arrested Monday on sexual assault charges has a court record showing he twice before faced the same allegations.
John Clarence Evans Jr., 65, was arrested at 11:50 a.m. Monday at the Bibb County Jail in Macon, according to Muscogee jail records, which listed his home as a residence on Hickorywoods Drive in Auburn, Ala.
He was booked into the jail here at 2:09 p.m. on charges of rape, aggravated child molestation, child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.
A police report dated those charges to Oct. 4, 2006.
In 2006, Evans should have been serving prison time in Georgia, after a jury convicted him March 10, 2005, on three counts of statutory rape, two counts each of child molestation and aggravated child molestation, and one count each of enticing a child for indecent purposes and sexual assault against a person in custody.
He appealed for a new trial on March 16, 2005, and Superior Court Judge John Allen denied that on May 5, 2009. He then appealed to the Georgia Court of Appeals, which affirmed his conviction on Sept. 22, 2009, according to court records.
His case file showed Evans in the late 1990s was working as a clinical psychotherapist when he started having sex with a patient who was 14 at the time. The victim did not report the assault until Aug. 1, 2004, and Evans was arrested the following Sept. 22, according to court documents.
His May 2, 2005 indictment listed these allegations, of which he later was convicted:
- He fondled the girl’s breast on Sept. 31, 1998.
- He had oral sex with her on Dec. 24, 1998.
- He penetrated her with his fingers, also on Dec. 24, 1998.
- He had intercourse with her on Feb. 1, 1999.
- He had sex with her again on Feb. 4, 1999.
- He transported her to a place for a indecent purpose on Feb. 14, 1999.
- He sodomized her on April 1, 1999.
- He had intercourse with her on June 9, 1999.
Evans had sex with the girl in his home and his office, records show. The girl turned 15 over this nine-month span.
Another indictment in 1996 accused Evans of raping and sodomizing a girl who would have been 12 when the assaults began and 17 when the last incident occurred. Court records showed no conviction in that case, though a prosecutor cited it as a “similar transaction” to be introduced at his 2005 trial to show a pattern of criminal conduct.
According to his appeal, he was sentenced to 163 years in prison with 12 to serve. A Georgia Department of Corrections representative said Evans was released Saturday from the Central State Prison in Macon before Bibb County authorities arrested him on outstanding warrants from Columbus.
Evans is set for a preliminary hearing in Columbus Recorder’s Court at 9 a.m. Thursday.