51-year-old arrested over naming of former Sheffield United striker’s victim

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DETECTIVES have arrested another man after the rape victim of former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was named on the internet.

The 51-year-old, from Essex, is the 17th person to be quizzed by detectives after the woman’s details were posted on sites including Twitter after Evans was convicted of rape in April.

The man has been released on bail pending further enquiries, along with the others questioned over the release of the woman’s name.

All victims of sex crimes are entitled to anonymity by law – those arrested have been quizzed on suspicion of malicious communication and perverting the course of justice.

A North Wales Police spokesman said: “On Monday, a 51-year-old Essex man was arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into the naming of a rape victim on social media sites. Following interview, he was bailed to allow police time to complete their investigation.”

Evans was jailed after being found guilty of raping the 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in May 2011 following a night out in North Wales.

The woman went to the room with Evans’s friend – Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald – who also had sex with the woman but was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Evans, who was released by the Blades after his conviction, turned up while the pair were in the room together and also had sex with the woman, with the prosecution case against him that she was too drunk to consent.

He was recently refused permission to appeal against his conviction, but lawyers for the 23-year-old stress he ‘continues to maintain his innocence’ and plans to continue to fight to clear his name.