FAMILIES have been urged to contact police if they believe their children have been abused after a man who worked in kindergartens for 20 years was jailed for sex crimes.
Andrew Evans, 36, formerly of Church Road in Crowborough, has pleaded guilty to four offenses of engaging in sexual activity and one offense of organizing and facilitating sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy he met in East Grinstead last year .
He also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting and possessing indecent pictures of a girl under 13 in Uckfield while he was babysitting for her family.
The crimes came to light earlier this year when police received a report that Evans had met the disabled 15-year-old boy in a secluded car park where he had committed a series of sex offenses against the boy.
Evans tried to continue the relationship, but the boy blocked contact with him and told his school and parents what had happened.
While he was on police bail, officers discovered that Evans continued to advertise on a website as a babysitter. Police then discovered he had committed criminal offenses against a seven-year-old girl while he was babysitting at her Uckfield home.
Evans was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison at Hove Crown Court today.
Also, upon his release, he will receive an expanded prison supervisory license for an additional three years and an indefinite sexual harm prevention order — which includes bans on contact with children, restricts its residents and movements in public places near children, and restricts his access mobile devices on.
Although Evans had no criminal record, police have urged families who believe their children may have been sexually abused to come forward after it emerged he spent two decades in the voluntary and statutory childcare sectors in Sussex, Kent and Surrey – inclusive kindergartens – had worked.
Detective Inspector Steve Cobbett, of the Sussex Police Public Protection Command, said: “We have carried out extensive inquiries into many organizations in the South East and so far no crime has been reported by them.
“We have also established a special response, Operation Tristar, for any parent or guardian who, after learning of this case, has concerns that their children, or the children they care for, may have been victims of crime.
“We will rigorously investigate any new allegations and assist any victims with our specially trained officers.”
Anyone with concerns is urged to contact police online or on 101 quoting Operation Tristar, with the information being treated with “utmost discretion”.
Evans will also be a registered sex offender for life and has received life restraining orders barring any contact with any of his victims.
Detective Inspector Steve Cobbett of the Sussex Police Public Protection Command said: “This has been a long and thorough investigation which has included highly worrying allegations of serious child sexual abuse. Today’s sentencing reflects the seriousness of these crimes.
“It is important to recognize that the victims of this investigation have been extremely courageous in reporting these crimes and reliving them during our investigation. They deserve immense credit for this and continue to be supported after today’s sentencing. I want to thank them for their support and perseverance throughout.”
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