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Chesy man gets 20 years for sex charges involving minor

Two decades in prison and a lifetime commitment as a sex offender was the sentence for a Chesapeake man Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Brian Evans, 45, of 4004 State Route 7, pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree sexual battery, involving a minor, and one count each of second-degree pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and pandering obscenity involving a minor.

Evans was originally charged with three counts of first-degree rape, but the charges were reduced in exchange for his guilty plea. A count of tampering with evidence was also dismissed.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Evans to five years in prison for each sexual battery charge, to run consecutively, and five years for each pander charge to be served concurrently to each other but consecutively to the other sentences, for a total of 20 years in prison.

Evans is also now considered a Tier III sexual offender and must register as such for the rest of his life.

“I’m sorry for what I did,” Evans said before sentencing.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the juvenile named in the case was 16 and 17 years old during incidents that occurred from August through December 2010, January through March 2012, and April 1 through 22, 2012.

Evans was later charged with having photographed the same minor engaging in sexual activity and taking obscene photos of the minor.

Evans was represented by attorney Luke Styer.

In other cases:

• Randy Stevens, 42, of 1220 North Ave., Portsmouth, was sentenced to third-degree illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs. The charge was originally a second-degree felony, but was amended, deleting the language that alleged the criminal act took place in the vicinity of a school.

Counts of first-degree illegal manufacturing of drugs and fifth-degree possession of criminal tools were also dropped.

Stevens had previously pleaded guilty to the charge last week.

Cooper sentenced Stevens to four years CCC/ISP.

Stevens was the last of four men to be sentenced of their involvement in a mobile meth lab found in Hanging Rock. He was also the only man not sentenced to prison time in the case.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mack Anderson said Stevens’ statements were found to be the most truthful and he was the least culpable of the four men.

In late February, Stevens and three other men were stopped by a Hanging Rock Police Officer who noticed things he thought were suspicious. A search of the truck confirmed the officer’s suspicions and the four men were arrested.

Stevens was represented by attorney Scott Evans.

• Albert Moton, 45, of 601 S. Ninth St., Ironton, pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree possession of cocaine through his attorney Warren Morford.

Cooper sentenced Moton to six month in prison, ordered him to pay a $1,250 fine and suspended his driver’s license for one year.

• David Norris, 30, of 197 Stevens Ave., Columbus, pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree failure to register through his attorney Mike Gleichauf.

Cooper sentenced Norris to four years community-controlled sanctions with intensive supervised probation and 60 days in the county jail.

• Barbara McCaffrey, 26, of 76 Township Road 1336, South Point, pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree theft of drugs through her attorney Mike Gleichauf.

Cooper sentenced McCaffrey to four years CCC/ISP and ordered her to undergo outpatient substance abuse and mental health counseling.