HANOVER TWP. — A social studies teacher at Hanover Area Junior/Senior High School was charged Tuesday with performing a lewd sex act on an 18-year-old male student.
Edward M. Evans, 33, of Main Road, Hanover Township, surrendered with his attorney, Bill Ruzzo, at the office of District Judge Joseph Halesey on two counts of institutional sexual assault. He was released on $20,000 unsecured bail.
District Superintendent Andrew Kuhl deferred questions to district solicitor George Shovlin, who did not return a message for comment.
A prepared release from the school district said Evans has been suspended indefinitely without pay Tuesday due to allegations he engaged in sexual relations with a student.
If convicted or if sufficient proof of the charges otherwise becomes available, the district will seek to terminate the employment of the teacher and to have his teaching certification with the state Department of Education permanently revoked, the release says.
Evans’ mother, Evelyn Evans, is chairwoman of Hanover Area’s Board of Education.
Evans, a 1998 graduate of Hanover Area, was hired by the board in March 2003 as a day-to-day secondary substitute social studies teacher in the district. He was hired as a full-time social studies teacher in August 2003, according to The Times Leader archives.
Evans’ name appeared under “teachers” on the district’s website on Tuesday. His name also appears on the liquor license for Venture Lounge, an alternative bar on the Sans Souci Parkway in Hanover Township, according to the state Liquor Control Board’s website.
The status of the license is pending. There were no citations listed for the bar.
Evans is the second teacher in the area charged on allegations of having sex with a student.
Plymouth police and Luzerne County detectives arrested Lauren Harrington, 31, of Kingston, on Dec. 19 on charges she had sex with a male student in her vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
Harrington is an English teacher at Wyoming Valley West High School.
According to the criminal complaint filed by township police against Evans:
A male student, 18, said Evans gave him advice and guidance as he talked to Evans about HIV testing while he was in school.
After they exchanged phone numbers, the student claimed Evans picked him up and they ended up at Evans’ house on March 10.
Evans showed the student paperwork about testing for sexually transmitted diseases. While they were in a bedroom, the student said they kissed and performed oral sex on each other, the criminal complaint says.
The student told police Evans instructed him not to tell anyone, the complaint says.
Evans allegedly told police he worked with the student for several months giving him guidance. He said the student asked him for information about sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and testing procedures. Evans admitted he picked up the student and went to his house.
Evans said he showed the student paperwork, gave him advice on where he could go for testing and drove the student back home. Evans said they were in his house for a short time, according to the complaint.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Jan. 22.