Remember Evan Grider from Federal Government Picks Up Charges On Springfield Man In Relation To A November Solicitation of Child Sex – Evan M.Grider, Macon County States Attorney Jay Scott, PLEASE NO MORE SEX OFFENDER PROBATION!!, Springfield Man Arrested After Driving To Decatur To Allegedly Solicit a Minor For Sex! – Evan Grider ?
Back in November 2015 Mr. Grider was arrested by the Decatur IL Police after he drove to Decatur to meet with what he believed was a 14 year old boy to have sex with him.
As part of an undercover Decatur police investigation on people attempting to have sex with children, detective Todd Koester found an ad on Craigslist that said: “Looking for a young police officer,” according to an affidavit filed in court documents.
According to the affidavit the ad said in part, “I need me a bf and I so want to be in a relationship with a young gay police officer. I’m 25 and single and need a boyfriend and a good one.”
Detective Koester sent a message to him through the Craigslist email system, saying “he was a 14-year-old but liked dudes and cops,”.
The conversation went from email to text messages. During those subsequent text messages, “Evan discussed various sex acts that he wanted to perform with the 14-year-old upon meeting.”
Evan agreed to drive to Decatur “to pick up the 14-year-old for the purpose of a sexual relationship.”, when he arrived he was arrested.
Evan then admitted during a police interview that he “posted the ad on Craigslist and communicated with what he believed to be a 14-year-old for the purposes of a sexual relationship.”
On Feburary 4th 2016 the United States of America Picked Up Formal Charges on Evan. Take a look at the indictment by CLICKING HERE!
18:2422.F COERCION OR ENTICEMENT OF FEMALE On or about 11/11/2015 the defendant did knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2422(b)(1)
18:2252A.F ACTIVITIES RE MATERIAL CONSTITUTING/CONTAINING CHILD PORNO On or about 11/12/2015 the defendant did knowingly possess visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct in violation of 18 U.S.C. 2252(a)(4)(B)(2)
On June 27th, 2016 Mr. Grider changed his plea of Not Guilty not Guilty. “Minute Entry for proceedings held on 6/27/2016 before Judge Colin Stirling Bruce. Appearance for the Government by AUSA Eugene Miller. Defendant EVAN M GRIDER present in person and with counsel AFPD Elisabeth Pollock. Change of Plea Hearing as to Evan M Grider held. Parties request a change of plea hearing be held. Defendant sworn; found competent to enter plea. Defendant advised of rights, charges and possible penalties. Guilty plea entered by EVAN M GRIDER of Guilty to Counts 1 and 2; written plea agreement filed. Court finds guilty plea is knowing and voluntary and finds the defendant guilty as charged. Sentencing set for 10/31/2016 at 1:30 PM in Courtroom A in Urbana before Judge Colin Stirling Bruce. Defendant is remanded to the custody of the US Marshal. Final pretrial set for 6/27/2016 and the jury trial set for 7/12/2016 are vacated. (Court Reporter LC.) (JMB, ilcd) (Entered: 06/27/2016)”
Mr. Grider faces per his plea to be imprisoned for not less than 15 years nor more than 60 years in Federal Prison.