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Evans Talks Previous Criminal Record, Addresses Rumors

Mayor candidate discusses accusations, criminal charges from when he was a teenager and campaign budget.

Patchogue Village mayoral candidate is addressing rumors regarding his previous criminal record that have been brought up during the often heated campaign. 

Specifically, Evans was convicted of a charge of criminal contempt in the second degree in 2002, resulting in a sentencing of probation that he said he completed.

Evans said the charge came about when, at around the age of 18 or 19, he read the diary of his girlfriend at the time and took it with him. Evans said the father found out and called the police, resulting in a burglary charge and a one-year order of protection being placed against him. However, during the time the order was issued, Evans said he remained in contact with the woman and began dating her again.

The violation resulted in the criminal contempt charge.

"It's embarrassing, I feel stupid, but I think it's also something...People that are young and in love make stupid decisions," the now 32-year-old Evans said.

Evans said that since then he had been in counseling, has performed volunteer work and served out his probation.

Evans also said that he is still friends with his former girlfriend and her father, and that she is even working on his current campaign.

The other criminal charge Evans said he received was also in his teenage years. Evans said that he and other friends sat on an air conditioner that broke, also breaking a window. He said that he turned himself in and received a charge of trespassing.

Evans also denied rumors of receiving a DWI charge and of domestic violence, calling them lies.

"My mistakes were over a decade ago, almost half of my life ago," Evans said.

Evans said that he had been addressing his past throughout his campaign, and had been hoping to send a message that even those that make mistakes when younger can still move past them.

"Maybe even a dozen years later, you can actually help your community," Evans said.

Evans also wanted to address a rumor that his campaign was funded by Tritec Real Estate Company, whose plan has become a contested point of the election.

Evans denied this, and also showed Patch his campaign finances which equated to $259.24 in Google advertisements and $84.04 in Facebook advertisements. The campaign also purchased around 30 signs.

Overall, Evans acknowledged that while he has had criminal charges in the past, he said he was was fine with addressing the rumors, as long as they were based on the facts. 

"Everyone does stupid things in their life unfortunately it turned into a criminal manner...my fault it did," Evans said. 

Chris Barcelo March 19, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Regardless of where my vote lies I believe this is commendable. We are all human and male mistakes and judgements everyday. I have myself had my share. A person who is willing to face them head on deserves consideration and even understanding.
Chris Barcelo March 19, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Make* not male lol phone type please excuse
Susan Cosgrove March 20, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Who paid for the banners on the Newsday site?
cresten March 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM
A stalking horse?
Jonelle Lasala March 20, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Hi Susan, the banners on the Newsday site are part of Mr. Evans' Google search and display ad network campaign. Newsday.com sells its unsold remnant inventory to Google. Other websites that are part of the Google Display Ad Network and that Mr. Evans' ads have ran on are: Zillow.com, Accuweather.com, Trulia.com, ApartmentRatings.com, TheSchwartzReport.com, etc.
Jonelle Lasala March 20, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Because Mr. Evans funded his own campaign, he had to be smart about his marketing strategy. Unlike Mayor Paul Pontieri and Elisabeth McGuire, who both had thousands in campaign contributions and were able to afford print advertising on the local newspapers and 100% share-of-voice buys on specific section and ad slots on Patchogue.Patch.com (trust me, based on the proposal that the Patch gave us, both Patchogue 2012 and Residents' First are spending thousands on their Patch campaign alone), Mr. Evans chose the Facebook and Google route specifically in order to reach only the 18+ voting-age demographic, who either live in Patchogue and/or if they searched for specific keywords related to his campaign or the Patchogue Mayoral election. In addition, Facebook and Google ad campaigns are bought on a CPC (cost-per-click) basis. So regardless of how many impressions (number of times an ad is served), Mr. Evans only paid for the number of clicks his campaign ads received. To-date, his Google search and display ad network ads have received about 120K impressions and about 230 clicks at an effective rate of $1.29 CPC.
Jonelle Lasala March 20, 2012 at 01:05 AM
My name is Jonelle Lasala. I'm his brother's spouse. I'm in the digital advertising industry: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jonellelasala.
Jonelle Lasala March 20, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Hello Cresten, I'm afraid you've been misled. Please read my response to Susan above. Best, Jonelle
florence casey March 20, 2012 at 01:38 AM
He wanted to target the 18+ age bracket? That was optomistic of him. Hopefully, they are all not like him. Didn't he just register to vote for the first time ever?
Off duty March 20, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Mike , what about art space are you asking?
Off duty March 20, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Mr Evans has my vote. He is the only one that has valuable ideas that will push this village in the right direction!!
David Lucero March 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Jimmy now it is robbery? Hahahah your a desperate man jimbo. With your past "history" with McGuire I know why
David Lucero March 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM
You and I both know jimmy.

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