Monday, January 16th, 2017

Arcadia man indicted for Rape

Party goers report pulling Evan Welcher off woman passed out in yard

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest on Wednesday (8/21) of Evan P. Welcher, age 27, of 5799 Jungle Road in the Town of Arcadia, following a Grand Jury indictment on a charge of Rape in the first degree, a class B felony.
The arrest stems from an incident at an October 27, 2012 Halloween party, when it is alleged that Welcher had sexual intercourse with a female who was unconscious and incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless at the time.

It was reported three people were involved in knocking/pushing Welcher off the woman. None of the three knew Welcher at the time of the incident. The woman never realized she had been raped and police also had to wait for lab results from a hospital rape kit that was collected after the incident

Welcher’s picture appearing on Facebook and on the front page of the June 9, 2013 issue of the Times, helped in the Rape arrest after a witness saw his picture.

Welcher was featured in a front page story when he was jailed on $5000 cash bail for an animal cruelty case. According to a witness, Welcher returned home and discovered his 10 year-old American Bulldog cross had gotten into the garbage and got some of it on the carpet. Welcher severely beat the dog, who began urinating, making Welcher even angrier. He then reportedly took the animal outside, tied it up and shot it five times. Welcher pled guilty to the May 25th incident. He will be sentenced on that guilty plea on September 17th.

Welcher was arraigned before Wayne County Court Judge Dennis Kehoe on the Rape charge. He was remanded to the Wayne County jail in lieu of $100,000 or $200,000 bond. Welcher admitted he was at the party, but denied raping the girl. He also refused to submit to a DNA test. Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy is going to ask the Court next week to compel Welcher to submit to the test. Healy said the test results would likely take two months.