School Employee Arrested For Child Sex Tourism
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) - A Conecuh County school employee was arrested Thursday. The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a complaint against Evergreen native Clarence Edwards Evers for participating in child sex tourism overseas. Authorities said Evers travelled to Thailand annually to have sex with boys.
"There was a report of a western male abusing a minor child in Thailand," said U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown. "That information was reported to United States."
Authorities were able to track down Clarence Edward Evers using social media.
He is charged with production of child pornography, transportation of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, accessing with intent to view child pornography and foreign travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
"We've identified at least several victims through his correspondence with people, his email accounts," said Brown.
Authorities said Evers went to Thailand every year from 2006 to 2014 to set up commercial sex acts with young boys.
"One was 17 but there was a reference with a relationship with that child for years," said Brown.
In an email, Evers tells a friend, "I was in heaven" during an encounter with a young Thai boy.
Evers wrote about tipping extra for "good service" and "high quality" underage sex.
He also mentioned that "...few boys that meet this old buffalo's standards."
The school employee even encouraged a friend to travel to Thailand and "make sure you enjoy yourself, and lax laws of up country villages."
"It's always a surprise when you find out something like this is happening," said Conecuh County Sheriff Randy Brock.
Brock has known Evers since he was a child.
"You have no idea. Nor did I expect it none whatsoever," said Sheriff Brock.
Evers was arrested at Hillcrest High School, according to Authorities.
He works in the IT department for Conecuh County Schools.
Officials said they seized a large amount of digital material from Evers home.
Brown added, "The evidence seized from his home was far more data that we normally seize in cases like this. Mr. Evers."
Authorities had trouble obtaining information because a lot of the data was encrypted.
"He's a savvy sophisticated person when it comes to it. He's employed in that field," said Brown. "But we've gathered enough info to charge him."
Officials said Evers had a long involvement with the Boy Scouts.
"At this time we have no direct evidence that there were local victims of Mr. Evers," said Brown.
Sheriff Brock said, "I want to reach out to the people in Conecuh County, if there's anyone out there that feels they've had any inappropriate contact with Mr. Evers, we want you to contact us at the Conecuh County Sheriff's Office at 578-1260."
You can also call the Escambia County Child Advocacy Center at 251-809-2906.
Evers is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing and detention hearing Friday at 11:30 a.m.