When a panicked councillor was caught in the car with a sex worker, she told police, “I work with her.”
A COUNCILLOR allegedly told police that he “worked with” a prostitute whom he had solicited for sex, according to court documents.
Chris Evans’ claims were found to be “unconvincing” by the officer, who later learned that he was not working with the sexually exploited adult in a charity capacity.
Evans, a councillor in Rogerstone, Newport, South Wales, initially stated that he was assisting the woman through The Wallich, a charity that assists the vulnerable.
In Newport Magistrates’ Court, he later admitted to soliciting the services of a prostitute and was given a conditional discharge on Thursday, according to Wales Online.
According to prosecutor Natasha Roberts, a police officer was pursuing a wanted man on foot when he noticed a car pull up nearby and went over to ask the driver if they had seen the suspect.
“Having been in meetings with him, he recognized the driver as a local councillor,” she said.
“Hello, you’re Chris, the Rogerstone councillor,” the officer said as Evans, 56, lowered his window to greet him.
Due to his work with local charities, the officer noticed a woman in the passenger seat and recognized her as a sexually exploited adult, the court heard.
“Er yeah, I work with her as part of my role with the Wallich,” she stuttered when asked why she was in Evans’ car.
After speaking with Wallich, the officer learned that Evans was not involved with them.
Evans’ attorney, Rod Young, testified in court that a sex worker approached him and asked for a ride because she owed him money.
“At first, he said no, but in the end, he drove her to a property in Somerton, where she got some money, and then he drove her back,” he continued.
“Her services were discussed during this journey, he admits.
“We’ll never know if he would have carried it out.”
He never followed through, and no money was exchanged.
“He acknowledges that sexual services were arranged.”
He was identified by the officer.
“He would not have been here today if he had not been a well-known face.”
Evans was already resigned to losing his councillor position, according to the court, but the defendant told Wales Online after the hearing that he had not made up his mind.
“Don’t push me anymore,” he added.
Please give me some space.
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