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A father in the United Kingdom who ordered his son to turn himself in after learning he admitted to raping a girl said he has no regrets after the teenager was sentenced to register as a sex offender.
"I would do the same thing again. I would have to because that is my moral standing on it. It is painful, but it is right," Jonathan Evans, 47, said of telling his 18-year-old son Jack to turn himself in to police, according to British outlet The Mirror.
The attack took place in January 2019 in Pontypool, Wales, but the victim never reported the rape to police. Jack Evans' parents learned about the attack after he sent an apology to the victim two months later via text, according to the BBC.
"So I had to make it his choice. I am really proud of him for coming to the conclusion that the right thing to do was admit to it. He was a bright lad, he just made a mistake. I'm hoping being in prison will give him time to reflect," Jonathan Evans said.
During his trial, the court heard that Jack Evans pressured the girl — who was a virgin — into having sex with him.
"He carried on anyway despite her telling him to stop and trying to push him off. She didn't make a complaint but two months later Evans and his stepmother turned up at a police station to say what had happened," prosecutor Claire Pickthall told the court, according to the BBC.
Jack Evans was ultimately sentenced to serve two years in a young offenders' institution and was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years, the BBC reported. His attorney had argued unsuccessfully that Jack Evans had earned a suspended sentence because of the "exceptional circumstances" of his confession
The judge in the case said the aggravating nature of the charges mandated time behind bars for Jack Evans, though she acknowledged he confessed the crime to authorities of his own volition.
"We wanted to get him to understand what he's done. He's taken it in now that what he's done is wrong. It's been very difficult but I just wanted to help him," Jonathan Evans told the Mirror.
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