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City of Eugene parking enforcement officer sentenced to 25 years in sex abuse case

By April 24, 2017 No Comments

Gary Linn Evans

Article from The Register-Guard.

A Eugene man will serve 25 years in prison for sexually abusing a girl for about eight years.

Gary Linn Evans 47, was sentenced Friday in Lane County Circuit Court after he pleaded guilty to six felonies including two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree sodomy, and single counts of first-­degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree rape.

Evans was arrested in January and placed on paid leave from his job as a Eugene parking enforcement officer.

He technically remains employed by the city but now is on unpaid leave, a city spokeswoman said Friday.

Evans has been held in the Lane County Jail since his arrest but will be transferred to state prison to serve his mandatory, 25-year sentence. Under state law, Evans must serve the entire term, with no chance of early release.

The victim is known to Evans. The girl reported last year that Evans began abusing her when she was 8, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in court in December.

The victim said she had been threatened and coerced by Evans to keep his crimes a secret. She disclosed the abuse after she became upset while experiencing a “flashback memory” of some of the incidents, the affidavit says.

Lane County Assistant District Attorney Chris Parosa prosecuted Evans’ case. He said Friday that “it is always difficult to prosecute cases that involve children who have been subjected to such disgraceful behavior.

“Such abuse robs them of their innocence and instills insecurities that no child should endure,” Parosa said. “I was, however, buoyed by the tremendous strength of this particular victim. She is smart, talented and courageous. I have no doubt that she will have the kind of success in life that will make everyone in society proud.”

Evans had no prior criminal record in Oregon. He has been employed by the city for about five years.

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Andria Seo

About Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York


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