Man gets 45 years for sexually assaulting autistic child

Man sentenced to 45 years for sexual assault of a child

ORANGE - A man was sentenced Wednesday in Orange County to 45 years for sexually assaulting a autistic child.

Tony Evans was sentenced in 128th District Court in Orange County where he had previously pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated sexual assault of a minor.

Evans, who had originally been released on a $250,000 bond, knew his victim.

He has 30 days to appeal the sentence.

Tony Evans says he carried his darkest secret alone for several years.
"I kept thinking about it and it kept bothering me," said Evans as he testified on the witness stand during a sentencing hearing Wednesday. "Eventually broke down and told her."
The Orange County man says finding God is what led him to confessing that he raped a young boy who can't speak. It happened about 8 years ago.
"I'm so terribly sorry. I can't go back and change what I did," said Evans.
"Can you think of one thing that you could've done to violate him worse than what you did," asked Assistant District Attorney for Orange County, Phillip Smith. Evans shook his head and said no. 
The heartbreak of hearing the details, again, was evident on the victim's mother's face. Evans says he was high on drugs when the sexual assault happened. He also brought up the victim.
"He was touching all over me and stuff like that," said Evans. "That's what brought that to my mind to even think something like that."
Smith followed those remarks with harsh words.
"What you did will affect that boy and his family, you and your family for the rest of your life," said the Assistant D.A.
The comments also struck presiding Judge Courtney Arkeen. 
"Maybe the worst thing you said was when you started blaming the autistic, non-verbal child for your actions," said Judge Arkeen.
With more than four decades behind bars ahead of him, Evans says knew there would be consequences. He says he has confessed his crimes and feels that God has forgiven him. Evans has 30 days to appeal his sentence.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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