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Bond set at $300K for Elmhurst pastor charged with sex assault

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 5:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:52 p.m. CDT
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Darin L. Evans, 41, of Ohio turned himself in to Elmhurst police on Monday on charges of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The former Villa Park man had served as a pastor at West Suburban Community Church in Elmhurst before leaving the state.

ELMHURST — A judge set bond at 10 percent of $300,000 Tuesday for the former associate pastor in Elmhurst charged with 11 counts of criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

As a condition of his bond, Darin Evans is not to have contact with anyone younger than 18 years old, with the exception of his own children, DuPage County State's Attorney spokesman Paul Darrah said.

Evans, 41, of Dover, Ohio, allegedly had a sexual relationship with an underage girl he met at West Suburban Community Church.

From 2004 through 2011, Evans allegedly sexually assaulted his victim on multiple occasions at multiple locations, including his vehicle, public places and on a church-sponsored youth retreat.

"Our church is devastated, and we're just praying for healing and to move on from it," said Pastor Jim Lennon with West Suburban Community Church. "It's sad because we try to make a positive contribution to the community. And to now be tagged with this crime, we're heartbroken over it."

Evans, a former Villa Park resident, turned himself in to Elmhurst police on Monday.

The alleged victim came forward to church officials in February, Lennon said. Lennon and another church official called Evans, who confessed and wrote a letter of apology to the congregation.

On Feb. 11, Lennon and the family notified police.

Evans was a pastor at the church for 11 years before resigning last year and moving his wife and three children from their home in Villa Park to Ohio at the end of 2012.

Lennon said Evans never gave the church any reason to worry about his behavior, and described him as a popular and effective youth pastor.

"I have to say it took us all by surprise, these allegations," Lennon said. "He was well liked by everyone. He had a great ministry. It literally shocked us to hear that he had this secret life that none of us knew anything about."

In addition to leading the youth ministry at West Suburban Community Church, 825 Van Auken St., Evans was appointed by the Elmhurst City Council to serve on the Elmhurst Commission on Youth in October 2011.

Evans also worked with Young Life, a christian organization for high school students.

An arraignment hearing has been scheduled for April 2 in front of DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Guerin.

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