MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 51-year-old Tennessee man has been charged with driving to Minnesota to purposefully illicit sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl, the United States Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
Jeffrey Scott Evans was specifically charged with one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct in connection to the June 12, 2015 incident. He made his first court appearance Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in St. Paul.
According to the criminal complaint, on the day of the incident, Evans used a screen name, “taboolooking”, on a social media site called ChatHour.com to start chatting with another user he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. In the conversations, he indicated he wanted to text and email her and, if they liked each other, he would travel to Minnesota to meet her.
Later that day, Evans reserved a hotel room in Bloomington, authorities said. Two days later, Evans asked over text message if she could stay with him three or four days and not get in trouble. He then sent pictures of himself and described his car to the potential victim. He also sent text messages depicting sexual acts he wanted to engage in with her, the complaint said.
Then, on June 22, Evans was arrested after he arrived at the Bloomington hotel.
The case is a result of an investigation by the Homeland Security Investigations and the case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin S. Ueland.