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Former Butler County Boy Scout leader gets prison for rape of boy

| Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, 1:33 p.m.

A once-prominent Butler County doctor and Boy Scout leader is scheduled to report to prison next week to begin servinga sentence of six to 15 years imposed on him Monday for raping a teenage boy.

David Evanko, 59, took off his glasses and rubbed his eyes several times as Senior Common Pleas Judge Fred Anthony spoke of the two faces of Evanko.

“There's no question he made contributions to the community. On the other hand, there's a dark side to this,” Anthony said. “This is something that is hideous — that it went on so long. I have no qualms sending you to prison.

“Society needs to be protected from people like yourself.”

Anthony, an Erie County judge, convicted Evanko, of Leola in Lancaster County, in April of statutory rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. The Department of State suspended his medical license in May.

Two brothers said Evanko assaulted them more than a decade ago, although authorities only charged him with crimes related to the younger brother because the statute of limitations expired on the older brother's allegations.

Anthony agreed to allow Evanko to spend Thanksgiving with his family before reporting to prison on Monday. Evanko declined to say anything to the judge. Outside the courtroom he would only say he planned to “spend time with my family” over the next week.

Stan Levenson, Evanko's attorney, said he would appeal.

The brothers alleged Evanko molested them when they were younger than 16 and Evanko was the leader of Troop 10 in Butler, police said. They said Evanko gave them alcohol and showed them pornographic movies. Prosecutors said the assaults tied to the convictions occurred from 1993 to 1995 when the boy was 13 to 15.

Now 32, he appeared in court Monday but did not testify.

One of the more tense moments involved the testimony of Evanko's wife, Catherine, who made disparaging remarks about the family of her husband's accusers while looking at them from the stand.

“My husband is not a sexual offender. I raised four boys with him. I trust him with everything,” Catherine Evanko, 59, said. “He's the kindest man I know, and he's my best friend.”

The investigation began after one of the brothers went to Butler County Children and Youth Services officials, who contacted state police. Police charged Evanko in March 2009.

Evanko began practicing at Butler Memorial Hospital in 1984, and he had an office in Chicora with Butler Medical Associates, specializing in family medicine, geriatrics and addiction medicine.

Evanko was the director of the child-abuse intervention team at Butler Memorial Hospital, according to a past biography, and provided medical services for Summit Academy, a residential program for juvenile offenders in Herman, Butler County.

A jury in 2010 convicted Evanko of charges that he molested two Summit Academy students, but a judge threw out the conviction. The state Superior Court in January ordered a new trial.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or bkerlik@tribweb.com.

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