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Hawkins man indicted on charges of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor

Jeff Bobo • Dec 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man was indicted last week on charges of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Perry Van Evans, 50, 125 Cedar Crest Drive, Rogersville, was served with a sealed Hawkins County grand jury indictment warrant on those charges Wednesday afternoon and has since been released on $100,000 bond.

Sheriff Ronnie Lawson released the following statement Friday morning: “The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an incident that was alleged to have occurred on Oct. 5, 2019 at a residence in the Mooresburg Community of Hawkins County. An investigation was conducted by the Detective Division of the Sheriff’s Office. Based upon this investigation, Detective David Lafollette presented the facts of the case to the Hawkins County Grand Jury, and subsequently an Indictment was handed down.”

Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1005 regarding especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor states: “It is unlawful for a person to knowingly promote, employ, use, assist, transport or permit a minor to participate in the performance of, or in the production of, acts or material that includes the minor engaging in sexual activity, or simulated sexual activity that is patently offensive.”

Especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor is a Class B felony punishable by 8-12 years.

The indictments state that the four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor are related to underage consumption of alcohol by four people on Oct. 5.

Evans is scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Criminal Court on Dec. 13.