Pine Bluff school employee arrested for alleged rape of 13-year-old boy

The Pine Bluff School District transportation administrator was arrested Thursday and accused of raping a 13-year-old boy.

Samuel A. Evans, 52, was taken into custody at the district’s transportation facility at 300 N. Linden St., Sheriff’s Office spokesman Major Lafayette Woods Jr. said in a press release.

The alleged incident occurred Saturday, June 14, at Evans’ home and afterward, the alleged victim was able to locate his phone and call his mother, who contacted authorities, Woods said. The incident is not alleged to have a connection to the school district or Evans’ job.

During a court hearing Friday, attorney Jackie Harris said he would represent Evans.

Harris said Evans had been employed by the school district for 28 years and asked Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth to release him on his own recognizance, saying Evans was “not a flight risk.”

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh objected to Harris’ request, asking Bridgforth to hear the facts in the case before deciding on a bond, which Pugh recommended be $25,000 cash.

After reading the affidavit, Bridgforth said she felt Pugh’s request “was reasonable” and agreed to it and also ordered Evans to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.