Douglas Scott Evans was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court. His sentence includes probation for three years when he is released from jail, and he must also register as a sex offender. Judge Jon Hulsing gave Evans credit for 13 days already spent in jail.
Evans told the court that he was truly sorry for what happened and that the person described in the victim’s statement was not him.
He said if the girl was of age at the time, they would never have been in court.
Hulsing said the girl was asleep or unconscious at the time of the assault.
“Even if she was 35, we would still be here,” the judge said to Evans.
The now 19-year-old victim said she’ll never forget how Evans made her feel then and how she has been “dying inside” for the past few years.
“I still struggle constantly with this,” she said.
The victim thanked her sister for pushing her to come forward with what happened and for getting help. By doing so, she said she hopes she can spare another young girl from going through what she did.
The victim asked the judge to give Evans the most severe sentence possible.
“He got what he wanted in 15 minutes and walked away,” she said. “Even though it’s taken years, it’s now time to get what I want.”
Evans was also ordered to pay restitution, for things such as counseling, in an amount to be determined.
Evans pleaded no contest Feb. 28 to second-degree criminal sexual conduct, in exchange for a third-degree criminal sexual conduct (ages 13-15) charge to be dropped.