Springfield sex offender will spend more than 12 years in prison

Richard Dale Evarts

Richard Dale Evarts will serve more than 12 years in prison for sexually abusing two youths.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 4:00 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2020 5:12 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A previously-convicted sex offender has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for sexually abusing two youths.

Richard Dale Evarts, 62, of Springfield pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He is not eligible for early release and will serve the entire 12½ years in prison. This will be followed by followed by nearly four years of post-prison supervision. He will have to register as a sex offender for life.

Evarts was arrested by Springfield Police Department detectives on Sept. 30, after two boys ages 10 and 15 reported Evarts had sexually abused them several times over the past few years.

Court records show that Evarts was convicted of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse in Lane County in 1993 for abusing another youth. In that case he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow said that following his Sept. 30 arrest, several members of the community confirmed sexual abuse by Evarts that was never reported to law enforcement.

Any other victims of Evarts are encouraged to contact Detective Terry Murray of the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-2336.

Evarts appeared in Lane County Circuit Court on Wednesday before Judge Bradley A. Cascagnette.

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