Stokes Co. man convicted of dragging dog to death faces sex abuse charges


Jonathan Mason Evans

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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — One of two men convicted of chaining a dog to the back of a truck in Stokes County and dragging the animal to death is now accused of sexual abuse.

Jonathan Mason Evans, 19, faces charges of first degree sexual offense, indecent liberties with a child, sexual battery and assault on a child under 12, according to court records.

The suspect faces two counts of each of the four charges. Deputies have not released details on the crimes.

First degree sexual offense and indecent liberties with a child are both felonies, while the other charges are misdemeanors. Evans has court planned for July 23.

Evans was found guilty in April of felony animal cruelty, along with Jose Lopez. Both were sentenced to 90 days in jail and a suspended sentence of 7-18 months.

Evans, then 18, was found guilty of abusing the German shepherd mix dog and then chaining it to the back of a pickup truck. After that, Lopez, then 35, drove the truck down the road, killing the dog.

A witness said Evans picked the dog up over his head and slammed it to the ground twice. Evans was reportedly upset because the dog bit him.

Lopez and Evans are not allowed to own any more animals and were sentenced to undergo a mental health evaluation.

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