07/17/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/17/2017 17:21
An Evergreen, Alabama, teacher was sentenced to 27 years in prison for production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and travel in foreign commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department's Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Steve Butler of the Southern District of Alabama made the announcement.
Clarence Edward 'Bud' Evers Jr., 54, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose of the Southern District of Alabama on April 14. Evers was employed as a technology teacher with the Conecuh County, Alabama, Board of Education at the time of his arrest on Feb. 11, 2016, and has been in custody since that time.
According to admissions in connection with his plea, at least as early as 1999, and on each of his summer breaks from 2010 through 2014, Evers traveled to Thailand. While in Thailand, Evers paid minor boys as young as thirteen years old to engage in illicit sexual conduct and took sexually explicit photographs of them. In addition, Evers admitted that he had other images and videos of child sexual exploitation on his electronic devices, as well as substantial amounts of encrypted data that was inaccessible to investigators.
Evers was sentenced on July 14. Evers's sentence will be followed by a lifetime of supervised release, and he was further ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution and a $5,000.00 fine.
Trial Attorney Jessica Urban of the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sean Costello and Maria Murphy of the Southern District of Alabama prosecuted the case. U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case with substantial assistance from CEOS's High Technology Investigative Unit.
This investigation was a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.