July 2022

Pervert who worked in nurseries sentenced for child sex offences

Parents have been urged to contact police if they think their children have been sexually abused after a man who worked in multiple nurseries for 20 years was jailed for sexual offences against kids

Andrew Evans, 36, formerly of Church Road in Crowborough pleaded guilty to four offences of engaging in sexual activity, and one offence of arranging and facilitating sexual activity, with a 15-year-old boy he met in East Grinstead last year.

He also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13 in Uckfield and possessing indecent images of her while babysitting for her family.

The offences came to light earlier this year when police received a report that Evans met the disabled 15-year-old boy at an isolated car park, where he committed a series of sexual offences against the boy.

Evans attempted to continue the relationship, but the boy blocked contact with him and told his school and parents what had happened.

While on police bail, officers discovered Evans was continuing to advertise as a babysitter on a website.

Police then discovered he had committed offences against a seven-year-old girl while babysitting at her home in Uckfield.

In sentencing at Hove Crown Court earlier today, Evans was sentenced to six years and eight months’ imprisonment.

He will also be put on an extended prison supervision licence for a further three years on release and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order to last indefinitely – which includes prohibitions on any contact with children, restricts his residents and movements in public places around children, and restricts his access to mobile devices.

Evans will also be a registered sex offender for life and was issued with lifelong restraining orders, prohibiting him from any contact with either of his victims.

While Evans had no previous convictions, police have appealed to families who think their children may have been sexually abused to come forward after it emerged he worked in the voluntary and statutory childcare sector across Sussex, Kent and Surrey – including nurseries, for two decades.