The substitute Lodi Unified School District bus driver who police say sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl will face additional charges after the discovery of a second alleged incident.
Deputy District Attorney Kristine Reed announced three further charges against Lodi-resident Richard Evans for allegedly molesting the special needs student on another previous occasion. He was charged with two more counts of sexual assault of a child under 10, and another charge of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.
Reed said the second reported incident occurred in late October, two weeks prior to the first reported incident on Nov. 2.
As a result of the new charges, Evans’ bail was raised to $2.4 million, which is in line with the standard bail schedule for these types of charges, Reed said.
Evans now faces six felonies, two of which carry enhancements for kidnapping-related crimes, for alleged sexual acts with the female student.
San Joaquin Superior Court Judge Franklin Stephenson accepted the defense’s request to postpone the arraignment until Dec. 6. Evans’ defense also requested a gag order, but Stephenson deferred ruling on it until the next hearing.
Evans, a Lodi High School graduate, was arrested by Stockton Police Nov. 4, after the victim communicated the alleged molestation to her parents.
He had been serving as an on-call substitute bus driver for Lodi Unified, after working as a full-time bus driver with the district from 2004 to 2007. The alleged incidents occurred during bus routes Evans was covering.
Evans was also the sole proprietor of Evans Driving and Traffic School from July 2004 until the business reportedly went bankrupt this year.
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