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Former Pekin fire captain in jail, facing felony charge of criminal sexual assault


Jamie Evans
Jamie Evans(25 News)
Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 3:34 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - A former captain in the Pekin Fire Department is now in Tazewell County Jail.

County court records show Jamie Evans is facing a single charge of criminal sexual assault.

The Tazewell County Jail confirms to 25 News that Evans is being held on an in-state warrant.

The charging document states the criminal sexual assault offense occurred on or around August 4.

The affidavit of probable cause goes into graphic detail, describing an abusive relationship between a tenant and Evans.

“(Victim name redacted) stated Evans is very controlling,” the affidavit reads. “Evans drives everywhere, won’t allow (victim name redacted) to have friends, and shows up at the home unannounced and lets himself in even when the door is locked and at times when (victim name redacted) is sleeping.”

“(Victim name redacted) also stated that she and Evans are not in a romantic relationship, and she has repeatedly told Evans that they are not dating. (victim name redacted) also stated that she and Evans have previously engaged in sexual intercourse. (victim name redacted) stated that she does not want to engage in sexual intercourse with Evans and has told Evans this, but that if she does not engage, then Evans threatens her in assorted ways.”

Evans retired early last September after being placed on administrative leave because of an Illinois State Police investigation.

Evans was a member of the Pekin Fire Department for more than 25 years.

He was often the department’s spokesperson and appeared several times on 25 News speaking about severe weather and fire safety.

25 News reached out for comment on the investigation in September -- and a listed phone number for Evans was disconnected shortly after that call.

Evans must post $15,000 bond to leave the jail.

This story will be updated

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