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Former Macon County youth pastor, Haywood County teacher pleads guilty in child sex case

Evan Jensen, 30, was arrested in February 2023 and charged with felony indecent liberties with a child. During his last appearance in Macon County Superior Court, Jensen pled guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a child and received a suspended sentence of 20 to 33 months in jail. He was placed on 36 months of supervised probation, had to provide a DNA sample, and was placed on satellite monitoring. He was also ordered to not have any further contact with the victim.

Following his guilty plea, Jensen registered with the North Carolina Sex Offenders Registry on March 21, 2024, at which time he listed a Haywood County address for his residence.

During the course of the investigation, it was brought to the attention of detectives in Macon County that Jensen was a former youth pastor in Macon County at First Alliance Church near Franklin and at the time of his arrest, was an employee of a school in Haywood Christian Academy in Waynesville working as a science teacher for both middle and high school students.

Jensen’s original conviction stems from an incident that occurred on January 1, 2016 in which Jensen “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did take and attempt to take immoral, improper and indecent liberties … with a child under the age of 16 at the time.” The victim was identified as being 12 years old.  Jensen would have been 23 years old at the time of the incident. During the course of the investigation, Jensen was charged with a second offense which occurred on March 1, 2019 at which time Jensen was 26 years old and the victim was 14 years old.


  1. Anon Anon May 3, 2024

    Probation? Not jail?
    Make it make sense…

    Is it because he’s a “Pastor”?

    • jMichele jMichele May 3, 2024

      It’s the White Man of God discount – happens all the time with these pedophiles – name and shame the judge, he’ll be a repeat offender, he already is

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