Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 20, 2014
Grantsville man gets sentenced for having sex with teenage girl

A Grantsville man has been sentenced to a partially suspended jail sentence for having inappropriate sex with a teenage girl.

Daniel Evans, 36, was sentenced Tuesday in 3rd District Court to three years in the Tooele County Detention Center, with two years and 15 days suspended. He was also sentenced to a fine and three years of probation.

Last December, Evans’ wife told a deputy from the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office that Evans had been having a sexual relationship with a girl who was 15.

The woman said one night after a party, she awoke but could not find her husband, and thought he might be at a girlfriend’s house but checked in a camping trailer in the yard to make sure he was not there.

When she opened the trailer door, she told deputies, she heard gasping, whispering and crying. The incident made the woman suspicious, so she set up a hidden camera in the couple’s bedroom.

On the video recorded in the bedroom was footage of Evans and the girl engaging in sexual activity.

Evans was charged in December 2013 with three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony, but pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor, in August. Tooele County Chief Deputy Attorney Gary Searle said the plea agreement was made to spare the victim from further hardship.

“The girl was already traumatized and we could get the same sentence without putting the girl through a jury trial as we could with what we got,” Searle said. “So he’s sitting on a potential three-year sentence and three years with probation. We accomplished what we needed to have accomplished without traumatizing the victim any more.” 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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