(CHICAGO) (WLS) — A former youth minister allegedly had sex with a teenager in cemeteries, restrooms and during a church retreat.
Darin Evans, former associate pastor at West Suburban Community Church in Elmhurst, is charged with 11 counts of criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. Evans faces up to 47 years in prison if convicted. He is being held on $300,000 bail in DuPage County.
The alleged sexual relationship began in 2004, when the victim was 16, and seeing Evans as a counselor, DuPage County prosecutors say, and continued until 2011. The alleged sexual acts took place in parks, cemeteries, restrooms, cars and at a church retreat in Wisconsin, they say.
Prosecutors said Evans told the victim he would kill himself if their relationship became public.
The alleged victim went to police earlier this year. Defense attorneys said Evans has no criminal history, and spoke with police as soon as he learned of the investigation.
There are no accusations involving other children, defense attorney Michael Fleming said.
On Tuesday, members of the congregation gathered together.
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