Affidavit Details Sex Abuse Allegations Against Area Youth Pastor
GATESVILLE (February 6, 2015) An affidavit released Friday afternoon details the allegations against a youth pastor at a Gatesville church who’s charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child.
Evan William Jackson, 32, was released from the Coryell County Jail Friday after posting bonds totaling $45,000.
The incidents from which the charges stem date back more than a decade and did not involve any children at the Coryell Community Church, Coryell County District Attorney Dustin Boyd said.
The victim, who’s now 26, but who was 14 at the time of the alleged incidents, told an investigator that Jackson first fondled her sometime around January 2003, the affidavit said.
“She said Jackson abused her on a weekly and sometimes bi-weekly basis for about two years,” the investigator said in the affidavit.
When she was 16, the girl told her parents about the incidents, according to the affidavit.
The parents confronted Jackson, who denied the abuse, the affidavit said.
On Thursday the investigator asked the victim if “she would make a controlled phone call to Jackson and talk to him about the abuse and she agreed,” the affidavit said.
She placed the call “and Jackson told her he was sorry for what happened between (him) and her,” the affidavit said.
He then told her he would call her back and when he did “told her he would do what needed to be done to right his wrong.”
“Jackson told her he has asked for forgiveness from God and told her he made mistakes when he was younger and that he was sorry for what he did and asked her to forgive him,” the affidavit said.
Jackson is married and has two children, according to a brief biography on the church’s website.
His wife is the church’s children’s minster, the website says.
He started serving in the student ministry in 2004, the website says.
(Taina Maya contributed to this story)