October 23, 2009
Attorney General Corbett announces new child sexual assault charges against Butler County doctor awaiting trial in teen molestation case
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced the filing of criminal charges against a Butler County man accused of using his position as a doctor to sexually assault two teenage boys who were supposed to be receiving medical treatment.
Corbett identified the defendant as David Allen Evanko, 56, 960 Bullcreek Road, Butler. Evanko is currently awaiting trial in Butler County in another sex-related case.
According to the criminal charges, Evanko allegedly performed sex acts on two teenage boys who had been taken to the doctor for medical care.
Corbett said that at the time of the alleged sexual assaults, Evanko was providing medical services to Summit Academy, an institutional-based school for dependant and delinquent teens that is located in Butler County. Both of the young men Evanko is accused of assaulting were residents at Summit Academy.
According to the criminal complaint, Evanko allegedly sexually assaulted both victims during the course of treating them for medical conditions, either at the school or at Evanko's medical office in Chicora, Butler County.
Corbett said the charges filed today stem from investigations by the Pennsylvania State Police into child abuse complaints involving the alleged victims that were received from the Butler County Children and Youth Services Office in 2008 and 2009.
Evanko is charged with two counts each of institutional sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.
Additionally, Evanko is charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of minors, first-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 fines, along with two counts of indecent assault, second-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to two years in prison and $5,000 fines.
Evanko is scheduled to surrender to Pennsylvania State Police and will be preliminarily arraigned before Chicora Magisterial District Judge Lewis Stoughton.
The case will be prosecuted in Butler County by Deputy Attorney General Amy J. Carnicella, from the Attorney General's Criminal Law Division.
Corbett thanked the Pennsylvania State Police and Butler County Children and Youth Services Office for their cooperation and assistance with this investigation.
Corbett noted that Evanko is currently awaiting trial in Butler County on charges related to another case, involving the alleged molestation of a teen boy while Evanko served as a scout leader. That case is also being prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)