March 13, 2006

Police: Alleged victim says priest offered bribes to make charges go away


By Coloradoan staff

Former Catholic priest Timothy Evans, 43, accused of sexual assault on a child while a priest at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Collins, offered money and gifts to one alleged victim to make the allegations go away, according to a police affidavit released today.

The affidavit indicates there may have been three victims — two at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and one at Spirit of the Christ Church in Arvada.

Monsignor Thomas Fryar of the Archdiocese of Denver called Fort Collins police on March 30, 2004, to report the allegations of abuse against Evans, according to the affidavit.

It may not have been the first time allegations against Evans had been reported, according to the report.

One alleged victim told police the diocese moved Evans from Spirit of the Christ Church to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton “due to an incident where Father Timothy Evans inappropriately touched a juvenile male.”

Posted by kshaw at March 13, 2006 02:32 PM