By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – A longtime Tyler County physician was acquitted on several charges last week.
Dr. Kerry L. Evans, who was charged on two multiple-count indictments in June of 2019 of continuous sexual abuse of a child as well as indecency with a child charges, was handed the not guilty verdict by a Tyler County jury on Friday, Nov. 4, following a week-long trial.
Evans’s trial was preceded over by visiting Judge Michael Mayes of the 410th District Court. Evans’s attorney, Ryan Gertz, praised Mayes for facilitating a “fair and efficient trial.”
Evans, Gertz said, “is grateful to the citizens of Tyler County who served on this jury and brought a just result.” Most of all, he added, Evans is thankful to his friends and family who supported him throughout “this four year long nightmare.”
Evans was working as the associate medical director of Woodville’s Dedicated Medical Center, which marked a return for him to Tyler County medicine. He had also served long stints with Tyler County Hospital and with CHI St. Luke’s.
Gertz, who emphasized that the allegations did not relate to patient care, presented a defense that cited “a nasty, multi-year divorce” as the source of the sex crime allegations.
“Ultimately, revenge and greed often drive parties in divorce proceedings to make false accusations in order to inflict financial, reputational and emotional pain on their estranged spouse,” said Gertz.
Evans medical license was suspended after the indictments were handed down. The suspension, which went into effect on July 24, 2019, will remain until the Texas Medical Board meets again to take further action. Gertz said the license will be reinstated.