BUTLER (KDKA) — The trial for a Butler County doctor accused of sexually assaulting teenage boys began Tuesday morning.
Dr. David Evanko, of Butler, is facing charges in two separate cases. One is from more than 20 years ago when he was a Boy Scout leader, while the other is from three years ago.
According to police, Evanko assaulted two boys from a juvenile detention facility when they were brought to his office for treatment.
The first alleged victim to testify against Evanko was a man who is now in his early 30’s. He told the judge that in 1993 when he was a 13-year-old Boy Scout, he spent the night at Evanko’s house many times and also traveled with him.
The man testified that Evanko, a former Boy Scout leader, would give him alcohol. Once he got drunk, he claims they would play truth or dare which always resulted in him taking his pants off before Dr. Evanko allegedly performed a sex act.
Stan Levenson is Dr. Evanko’s attorney.
“We will put on testimony that we hope will convince the judge that there was no sexual misconduct on Dr. Evanko’s part and we will ask the judge to find him not guilty,” he said.
A judge from Erie County is presiding over the non-jury trial and the case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s office. All Butler County judges recused themselves from cases involving Evanko, a family doctor.
“He’s a very well-respected physician,” Levenson said. “We will have character witness testimony addressing his character and reputation in the community.”
Dr. Evanko is charged with statutory rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. The trial is expected to last about three days.