Ex-Scout leader to be sentenced for sex abuse of teenage boy

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A once-prominent Butler County doctor and Boy Scout troop leader will be sentenced today for his conviction on charges of sexually abusing a teenage boy more than 20 years ago.

David Evanko, 59, faces at least five years in prison for his conviction in April in Butler County Common Pleas Court on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and statutory rape. Mr. Evanko, who now lives in Lancaster County, was to be sentenced by Erie County Senior Judge Fred Anthony after Butler County prosecutors and judges removed themselves from the case due to their professional relationships with the doctor. Mr. Evanko will be sentenced at 10 a.m.

Mr. Evanko was arrested in 2009 after two brothers, now in their 30s, told investigators he supplied them with alcohol and pornographic movies before having sex or oral sex with them from 1989 to 1995. The abuse began when each boy was about 13 years old and lasted until each was about 16, prosecutors said. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette does not identify the victims of sexual assaults.

Prosecutors ultimately dropped charges against Mr. Evanko in connection with allegations by the older boy because of the statute of limitations but kept charges involving the younger man.

The younger brother, a cab driver in Portland, Ore., told investigators that Mr. Evanko performed oral sex on him at least 100 times in Butler County and on trips to Wildwood, N.J., Cleveland, Philadelphia and other cities. He said he first met the doctor at age 13, when he joined Boy Scout Troop 10 in Butler, where his brothers were members. One of Mr. Evanko's tactics, he said, was a "truth or dare" game that usually ended in sex, typically after hours of drinking.

He said his brothers, one of Mr. Evanko's foster sons and several other boys were also present when the sexual acts went on. The boys all looked up to Mr. Evanko and feared his disapproval.

"He was kind of like a father figure," the man testified in 2009. "A disciplinary figure."

Mr. Evanko was involved with the Boy Scouts for decades, but his membership was revoked after his arrest. Mr. Evanko also had been an active member of various charities and community organizations in Butler County. A graduate of Canevin High School and the University of Pittsburgh, he went to medical school in Spain and had been director of Butler Medical Associates in Chicora since 1998.


Amy McConnell Schaarsmith: aschaarsmith@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1719.


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