A Kansas City man is convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl from Sugar Creek.
Robert L. Evans, 44, was convicted by a Jackson County jury of statutory rape late Monday, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in a release.
According to the probable cause statement, Evans was the stepfather of the 13-year-old victim.
In August 2011, Sugar Creek Police met with the victim’s school counselor and resource officer in response to a report of child molestation. The victim informed the Sugar Creek officer that Evans had raped her the previous month. The victim added that Evans “made her mother happy” and she did not tell her biological father or grandmother due to fear they would “hurt” Evans and get in trouble.
In a later interview with detectives, the victim said the rape occurred while her mother was at work. Evans was home at the time because he was working the night shift.
Although the victim told investigators she was watching television in her room at the time of the rape, she somehow ended up in Evans’ bedroom and it was “like a blur.”
Evans was also previously convicted of forcible rape. The victim said she was aware that Evans had raped his oldest daughter, her step-sister, before. The probable cause statement said that he came to live with the victim and her mother after his probation was complete.
Evans is scheduled to be sentenced on July 11. He faces life in prison without parole.