Convicted Eagle River sex offender signs plea deal on new child porn charges

Joshua Michael Evans. Photo from State of Alaska Sex Offender Registry.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - An Eagle River man, convicted 15 years ago of sexually abusing a minor, has accepted a plea agreement with federal prosecutors who charged him with possessing child pornography.

Joshua Michael Evans, 43, signed the plea deal last Thursday in which he admits to having numerous computers, cell phones, and other digital equipment, including a hard drive, that contained graphic videos of minors as young a five years old being exploited by adult men, according to court documents.

Evans was already a registered sex offender in Alaska when an undercover FBI agent began investigating him last April.

The agent connected to an internet file-sharing program that locates other computers on a network that are trading images and video files of child pornography. The undercover program connected to an IP address that belonged to Evans. The investigation revealed that Evans has used P2P software to download child porn at his home and using his employer’s wireless internet service.

Agents executed a search warrant on Evans’ home on May 5 and seized an array of electronic equipment. In an interview with law enforcement, Evans admitted his sexual attraction to children and using file sharing programs to access child pornography.

Evans was previously convicted on July 17, 2001 for first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

He faces between 10 and 20 years of prison time, a maximum fine of $250,000, and at least five years of supervised release, according to the plea deal.



 
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