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Pediatric Resident/Big Brother Volunteer Sentenced To Over 27 Years In Prison For Federal Child Pornography Offenses

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November 20, 2006

Las Vegas, Nev. – A Las Vegas pediatric resident who molested and took pornographic photographs of a nine-year old boy he cared for through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, was sentenced to over 27 years in prison today, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

David Glenn Evans, age 34, of Las Vegas, was sentenced this morning by Chief U.S. District Judge Philip M. Pro to 327 months in prison and lifetime supervised release. He pleaded guilty in July to production of child pornography. His sentence was increased because the crime involved a minor under the age of 12 who was in his care, and because it involved the commission of a sexual act and the distribution of pornography.

Evans was working as a pediatric physician resident at University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas when he was apprehended by authorities in December 2005. He had joined the Big Brother/Big Sister program in September 2004.

"In the District of Nevada, we have prosecuted over 140 defendants in the last four years for sex crimes against children," said U.S. Attorney Bogden. "Mr. Evans is the first individual to be charged and convicted in Nevada with the federal offense of "production of child pornography," for which the penalty is not less than 15 years imprisonment. We will continue to aggressively prosecute these disturbing cases and dangerous defendants as part of our implementation of the Project Safe Childhood initiative throughout Nevada."

According to the guilty plea memorandum, defendant Evans admitted that in the fall of 2004 he joined the Big Brother/Big Sister program and was assigned a little brother named "R" who was nine years old. Between September 1 and December 16, 2004, Evans made "R" engage in sexual acts with him, took pictures of those acts, and loaded the pictures onto his computer with the intent to distribute them. These images constitute child pornography under federal statutes.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

The case was investigated by the Southern Nevada ICAC Task Force. Its members include the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and FBI. ICAC Task Forces are federally funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, and are designed to help state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nancy J. Koppe.

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