Man accused of sexual indecency "made a mistake"

Man accused of sexual indecency "made a mistake"
Dennis Michael Evans (Source: Sharp Co. Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)

SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A man accused of sexual indecency with a child reportedly told an investigator he "made a mistake."

On April 9, a woman told a Sharp County sheriff's investigator that a family friend, 51-year-old Dennis M. Evans of Williford, had been "inappropriate" with her daughter.

The alleged incident occurred three days earlier on the driveway of the family's home.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Evans had asked the girl "if he could touch her privates."

Before the woman could confront Evans about the allegation, she said he left the residence.

The following day, the woman went to a home on Baker Cemetery Road where Evans was staying.

As soon as she got out of her vehicle, the woman said Evans' first words were: "I didn't do it, and I'm sorry for scaring your little girl."

On April 11, Detective Cody Bailey contacted Evans and took him to the sheriff's office for questioning.

Initially, Bailey said Evans' account matched the one provided by the victim's mother. However, he "did deviate when it came to the actual incident."

After further questioning, Evans reportedly "acknowledged that he had made a mistake."

Bailey arrested Evans on suspicion of sexual indecency with a child and booked him into the jail. A judge found probable cause to charge him.

On May 10, Evans pleaded not guilty. He's due in court again on June 20.

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