Essex man may have targeted more young girls

Posted at 10:56 AM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-04 17:37:45-04

Montgomery County Police believe more young girls in the Baltimore area may have been targeted online by an Essex man accused of committing sexual offenses against a juvenile.

Back in February, detectives investigated Roy David Evans, Jr., 31, of the unit block of Woods Court in Essex after learning about a sexual relationship that allegedly took place with a 14-year-old girl. Police say the relationship began in June 2015 when the girl replied to an ad for young models on Craigslist. According to charging documents, the relationship ended when the victim's stepmother learned about their communication.

Evans used the Kik social media app to contact the girl with the handle “Roddanger86” and the alias “Rodney.”

In August, November and December 2015, Evans corresponded with the young victim and drove to her house in Montgomery County where they engaged in sexual acts each time they met, according to police.

Evans was charged with three counts of third-degree sex offense and was arrested at his home on March 31. He posted $150,000 bond and was released.

No one answered at Evans' listed residence when ABC2 News knocked on the door for comment. His next-door neighbors, Alan and Sylvia Brooks, said they were shocked to hear about the allegations.

"He seemed like a pretty nice guy, I know he worked for the National Guard and he just went to work and came home," said Alan Brooks.

Sylvia Brooks was home when detectives visited Evans' home. She said she knew Evans and his wife but they weren't close.

"They always seemed like a very nice couple and I never thought this would ever happen, it's really astonishing," she said.

Another neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, told ABC2 News that Evans was a respectful neighbor.

"I just liked the guy, he seemed very nice. I didn't know about the other things he was involved in because no one really knows a person behind closed doors," he said. 

He added that he has five grandchildren and he's shocked and saddened about the situation.

"I'm really disappointed, upset, because this is my neighborhood. I don't care what age it was it's upsetting and this shouldn't be happening, this shouldn't be happening," he said.

Detectives said Evans has been posting ads for young models to contact him since 2014. 

Anyone who believes that they may have encountered Evans Jr. is asked to contact the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or their local police department.

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