More Sheffield arrests in case of Ched Evans’ rape victim

Guilty: Ched Evans gets five years for rape at Caernafon Crown Court. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Guilty: Ched Evans gets five years for rape at Caernafon Crown Court. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
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A TOTAL of 16 arrests have been made so far by police after the woman raped by Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was named on social media sites.

Four men, aged between 19 and 30, were arrested in Sheffield on Tuesday before being bailed pending further enquiries.

Two were arrested on suspicion of malicious communication, with one also arrested on suspicion of breaching the Sexual Offences Amendment Act.

The other two were arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

They must answer bail at a police station in North Wales in early July.

The arrests were made as part of a police investigation launched after 23-year-old Evans was jailed for five years for raping a woman, whose name was then referred to on social media sites including Twitter.

Victims of rape and other sexual assaults are entitled to lifelong anonymity by law and anyone who publishes an identity faces prosecution.

Evans, of Millhouse Green, near Penistone, was convicted last month of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel in Rhyl last May.

The court heard the woman, who had gone to a hotel room with Port Vale footballer Clayton McDonald, who used to play for Chesterfield, had been too drunk to consent to sex.

McDonald was cleared of the rape but Evans was found guilty.

Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard said: “North Wales Police will seek to ensure that the legal anonymity of victims in rape cases under the Sexual Offences Amendment Act 1992, is protected and those who commit offences in this regard will be brought before the criminal justice system.

“We wish to reassure victims of serious sexual offences of our continuing determination to support them.”

North Wales Police said more arrests are planned.