NORRISTOWN — A disgraced former Pennsylvania state police trooper who served time behind bars for sexually assaulting women and teenage girls while on duty two decades ago was sent back to prison for violating his sentence by having indecent contact with an underage girl in Berks.
“Certainly, he poses a danger to young women, who need protection from the courts from people like this defendant,” Montgomery County Judge William R. Carpenter said Tuesday as he sentenced Michael K. Evans to 2½-to-5-years in prison for violating his original sentence.
The prison term was the maximum allowable under state sentencing guidelines.
Carpenter said Evans’s most recent conduct in Berks was similar in nature to the acts he committed in Montgomery County between 1997 and 1999.
Evans did not react to the sentence as he was escorted from the courtroom.
VIDEO: Ex #PA State Trooper Michael K. Evans escorted from #MontcoPa #Court with 2.5 to 5 year sentence for violating the 2000 sentence he served for sexually assaulting women & teenage girls while on duty pic.twitter.com/d3sXLU89Gv— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) December 3, 2019
But during earlier questioning by his lawyer, Richard Simon, and Assistant District Attorney Roderick Fancher, Evans said, “I’m pretty upset with myself,” adding he realizes he reopened old wounds for his previous victims when news of his latest crime against a teenage girl hit the newspapers.
“I feel the blame for that and the blame for my new victim,” Evans testified.
Evans, 52, formerly of Belleview Avenue in Pottstown, previously admitted that his recent arrest and conviction in Berks was a violation of the probationary period he was still serving in connection with his 2000 conviction in Montgomery County for sexually abusing three teenagers and three women while on duty with the Skippack barracks.
Disgraced former #PA state police trooper Michael K. Evans, who served prison time for sexually assaulting women & teenage girls while on duty 2 decades ago, was sent back to prison in #MontcoPa for violating his sentence by having indecent contact with underage girl in #Berks pic.twitter.com/4me9hCfUgg— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) December 3, 2019
Fancher asked the judge to impose a maximum sentence against Evans arguing he was once a state trooper whose authority was to uphold the law and to protect the public, but who “tarnished the badge of law enforcement.”
“He was a predator who was using his badge as a disguise to prey on women. Now that he’s out of prison he’s engaging in the exact same thing,” Fancher argued. “He was not able to walk off that (2000) sentence without committing another crime, reoffending with new sexual conduct with a minor.”
Simon sought a sentence of no more than 1½-to-3-years in prison for Evans, arguing his latest crime had nothing to do with his previous position as a state trooper.
“Certainly, he poses a danger to young women, who need protection from the courts from people like this defendant,” #MontcoPa Judge William R. Carpenter said as he sentenced ex state cop Michael K. Evans to 2½-to-5-yrs in prison for violating his original sentence. pic.twitter.com/fgnrdZMQsX— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) December 3, 2019
“This new case did not involve any such official oppression,” said Simon, adding Evans, after being released from prison in 2008, worked as a heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor and continued with sexual offender counseling. “My client is not perfect…he’s a work in progress. He’s working to make a better person of himself.”
Evans testified that he expects to be sentenced in Berks later this week to a negotiated term of 5-to-10-years in prison for the latest incident.
Fancher said he hopes a Berks judge imposes that term consecutively to Carpenter’s sentence.
“I hope he gets as much time as possible. He needs to be incapacitated,” Fancher said.
VIDEO: Former #PA state police trooper Michael K. Evans arrives in #MontcoPa Court to learn his fate for violating his 2000 sentence for sexually assaulting women & teenage girls while on duty. pic.twitter.com/b7mH29Jk4Z— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) December 3, 2019
Evans pleaded guilty in Berks County Court on Aug. 15 to new charges of corruption of a minor, indecent exposure and indecent assault of a person under 16 in connection with incidents that occurred between June and August 2018, including at his most recent residence in Longswamp Township.
Essentially, Evans admitted in Berks court to having inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old girl at his Mertztown home and that he fondled her and asked her to pose for photographs on his motorcycle while she wore a bra and shorts inside his garage.
Evans previously told Fancher and Carpenter he also admitted to fondling the girl while he and an adult woman in the garage engaged in a sex act.
During questioning by his lawyer, Rich Simon, & #MontcoPa Prosecutor Roderick Fancher, ex-state Trooper Michael Evans said, “I’m pretty upset with myself,” adding he realizes he reopened old wounds for his previous victims when news of his latest crime hit the newspapers. pic.twitter.com/UaB2YXdEAj— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) December 3, 2019
But on Tuesday, Evans appeared to quibble with Fancher, at one pointing claiming he didn’t know the Berks girl was 15 and said she was “very pretty” and “looked more like 20.”
Evans first captured headlines when he was arrested Feb. 15, 2000, on charges that he engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with three teenage girls while on duty between July 1997 and September 1999. Evans, then 33 and a trooper since 1995, was assigned to the Skippack barracks at the time.
Two of the teenagers were runaways Evans was ordered to transport. Another victim was a 16-year-old Perkiomenville girl who Evans propositioned while investigating a burglary in her parents' home in July 1997, asking if she would pose for naked photographs to be his "locker girl,” prosecutors alleged.
#MontcoPa Prosecutor Roderick Fancher asked a judge to impose the maximum sentence against Michael K. Evans, arguing he was once a state trooper whose authority was to uphold the law and to protect the public, but who “tarnished the badge of law enforcement.”#CopCrime pic.twitter.com/gk3gZu8Mxm— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) December 3, 2019
At the time of Evans’s arrest, Montgomery County prosecutors held a press conference asking any other victims to come forward. More women did come forward and Evans was re-arrested in April 2000 on charges involving incidents with three adult women who accused the trooper of using his badge to coerce them into sexual relations in exchange for protection or leniency.
At the time, then Assistant District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, who is now a county judge, argued Evans was a “predator” who used his badge to victimize females. Ferman argued preying upon six different victims while on duty as a trooper was "the ultimate abuse of authority."
“He was a predator who was using his badge as a disguise to prey on women. Now that he’s out of prison he’s engaging in the exact same thing,” #MontcoPa Prosecutor Roderick Fancher argued for max sentence against ex #Pa Trooper Michael K. Evans. pic.twitter.com/7u89ZnehvC— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) December 3, 2019
After months of highly publicized legal wrangling between Ferman and Evans's defense lawyer, Marc R. Steinberg, the onetime trooper accepted a plea agreement and on Oct. 3, 2000, he pleaded guilty to multiple counts of indecent assault, corruption of minors and official oppression.
As part of that plea agreement, Judge Carpenter sentenced Evans to 5 to 10 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years’ probation, and Evans was forced to resign from the police force.
The criminal case against Evans also resulted in an internal investigation into how the state police addressed sexual misconduct complaints against troopers and other employees.
Evans was released from prison on parole in April 2008. However, with the consecutive probationary period, Evans’s court supervision wasn’t set to expire until February 2020.
Evans was still serving his probationary period when he was arrested by state police at Reading in August 2018 and accused of having inappropriate contact with the 15-year-old girl at his Mertztown area home.