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A Canfield man is facing life in prison for allegedly raping his girlfriend’s 7-year-old grandson over a several-year period, which investigators and medical personnel determined caused the boy to act out against peers.
Jeffrey D. Evans, 43, of 8025 Meadowood Ave., was arrested Friday at his home by Mahoning County Sheriff’s investigators after he and his girlfriend were indicted by a county grand jury.
Evans is facing life in prison on four counts of rape and gross sexual imposition. His girlfriend, the boy’s grandmother, Liza R. Timm, 51, of the same address, was charged with four counts of child endangering and gross sexual imposition. She was also arrested on the charges Friday at her home.
Investigators said the boy’s biological father told investigators in Medina County, where the boy lives, that his son complained he was inappropriately touched by both Evans and his grandmother for at least the past two years.
Deputies said the victim was often sent to visit Timm and Evans by his mother, who had custody of him at the time. The boy is now staying with his father.
Mahoning investigators, led by retired Det. Terry Martin, who stayed on the case after retiring, said Medina authorities were unable to produce enough evidence to press charges.
The boy’s father then reported the allegations to Mahoning County Sheriffs in March, who began investigating. Investigators said the boy’s parents are divorced.
“He was forced to let the kid go there every weekend, and then the kid would come home and tell him these things were happening at grandma’s house,” Martin said. “He said even before that, as far back as he can remember, age 4, he started making these complaints and nobody seemed to believe him. And they’ve been consistent, nothing changes, and usually when you tell the truth, it remains consistent.”
The boy was then taken to Akron Children’s Hospital where medical personnel found evidence that the boy was sexually assaulted.
They also found the boy suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues stemming from the assaults that took place during at least the last two years, which caused him to act out in school by inappropriately touching classmates.
Investigators said Evans began by groping the boy over his clothes and eventually assaulted him during showers they took together.
“It says that he has post-traumatic stress and depression anxiety disorders based on the history of his allegations,” Martin said.