A former doctor and Boy Scout troop leader in Butler was sentenced today to five to 16 years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage boy across two years in the 1990's.
David Evanko, 59, was convicted in May of statutory rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in connection with sexually abusing a boy from 1993 to 1995, when he was 13 to 15 years old.
Evanko, whose license was revoked, was given a week to report back to court. He was also convicted in another sexual abuse case that is pending retrial.
"My father has been the epitome of an outstanding citizen," Mr. Evanko's 23-year-old son, Kevin, said. "As a father, he's been a friend, mentor and role model."
More than 40 people sent the Common Pleas Judge Fred Anthony letters testifying to his altruism and community work.
Mr. Evanko's father, James, testified that he donated in the range of $250,000 in money and time to the community.
"There's no question in my mind that Dr. Evanko has made substantial contributions to other people," Judge Anthony, who was brought in from Erie County to hear the case, said. He called the crimes Evanko was convicted of "hideous."
"The dark side, the hidden side, the side they hadn't seen ... that's what you're being sent to prison for today," the judge said.
The victim testified Evanko plied him with alcohol before molesting him over a two year period.
His older brother made similar accusations, but they could not be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations.
Judge Anthony gave Evanko until next Monday morning to report back to the court.
Evanko said he planned to "spend it with my family."
He left without making further comment.
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