A former school bus driver has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison for sexually abusing minors.
John Michael Evans, of Tullytown, also pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a minor, as he took nude photos of a foster child in his care and arranged encounters with other men.
Common Pleas Judge Raymond McHugh called Evans an “evil man” in court as he agreed to Evans’ plea deal.
Evans, now 41, abused two teenage victims repeatedly between 2017 and last year. He had previously worked as a bus driver for the Pennsbury and Bristol Township school districts.
“As is too often the case, this predator intentionally placed himself in a position of trust relative to the children he preyed upon,” said District Attorney Matt Weintraub. “He deserves every minute of the ten to twenty year state prison sentence he got. Total confinement is the only way we can keep other children safe from him.”
Evans began abusing the first victim in January 2017. The boy reported the abuse to authorities in December 2019, but investigators were unable to find enough evidence for prosecution.
Emboldened by a lack of charges, Evans went on to the second victim. This victim was placed into Evans’ care as a 16-year-old foster child, and the abuse soon began in April 2020.
With this victim, Evans set up encounters with other men. He instructed the teenager to say he was an adult if he was ever asked. Evans gave him alcohol and marijuana before and after.
Evans told this second victim that no one believed the first, so no one would believe him. But Evans was wrong.
The second victim reported Evans to the Tullytown Borough Police. With a second victim, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office announced charges against Evans in June 2020.
Deputy District Attorney Mary Kate Kohler led the prosecution for this case. She read a victim impact statement asking the judge to “please stop him for as long as possible.”
The other victim reported having frequent nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Along with his sentence of 10 to 20 years behind bars, Evans must register as a sex offender. He also faces 20 years of consecutive probation.