Letters to the Editor

No need to fear sex offender

I wish to relieve the fears of the people of Island County caused by the Whidbey News-Times concerning Nathan Evans. Citizens: Don’t bar your homes or have fear. Nathan is of no danger to anyone!

I have known Nathan all of his life. He was baptized before a congregation at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church where all attending promised God they would aid him in his Christian walk. Many in the Christian community remember Kris Evans well (Kris was his mother). She was a mighty force in Aglow and a vocal woman of faith in our community. Sadly, she was stricken with cancer just as she was about to complete her RN degree and tragically died leaving her children and the community with a great loss. Nathan was a young teen at the time of her death and needed counseling. He was a very angry and confused young man, and he admits this.

His initial charges happened when he was a teenager and I believe was a consensual act with a young woman who said she was 16, looked like she was 16 and was the mistake that has haunted his life for a decade. In any case, please know that I have attended his trials, visited him in jail and communicated with Nathan all of the years since this incident that has forever changed his life. He has never molested a child knowingly, would never harm or molest a child and I would stake my life on this.

Why did our county officials insist he be brought to Island County when we are in financial need in our justice departments? He has two dollars in his pocket and there was no bus service. We transported him from ferry and he had a voucher from the DOC to stay two nights at the Acorn Inn (generous assistance since it has been closed for some time). We took him to his father’s house who set him up in a motel for the weekend and that’s where the unthinkable happened. He decided, after years of being locked up (and I don’t need to tell you how he is treated in prison with this classification) that he will go to church. He sought a Christian community within walking distance to find the unconditional love and forgiveness of Christ with His people, to worship in fellowship.

I have learned that he could legally go into any store or restaurant while on parole, but not a church! What? Church does provide a service (criteria) but it is free! Is there a judge that will look further into this? A judge that will review the entirety of this situation and see how a Level 1 goes to a 3 with no further offenses regarding the original crime? I pray so.

Concordia Lutheran invited Nathan to a Bible study and Thanksgiving meal. Bless them. Contacting authorities was an act of fear, not a spiritual decision. Had anyone prayed before acting they would have sought love, not fear. Church, you are obligated to get to know Nathan now locked up for 60 days in the Oak Harbor jail. While Pastor J. Palm clarified his position I believe action is required. Go visit him! You will be amazed at the committed young man you will find, committed to be a productive member of society, committed to love and serve his Lord.

I have watched him grow and mature both emotionally and spiritually over these years. Is anyone led to find an attorney pro bono that could assist Nathan? What are you being called to do? I was called to write this letter. Pray, listen and obey people of faith. Officials, how about spending our taxpayer money for counseling? Redemptive justice!

Pam Young

Coupeville

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