The "Doctor" Is In

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"I had been given to believe that a lot of the people who are muckety-mucks wanted the other one--Se-Gwen something. So we invited them all in. [Tyler] performed so badly that the committee voted 14-zip for Mr. Evans," Hiscox says. "Richard Evans, he knew his facts. He knew all about us."

When asked whether he was bothered by the possibility that Evans never made it out of the DISD system, Hiscox says absolutely not. "They don't have any record of me graduating either. Besides that, I don't care."

Hiscox may not care to judge Evans by his background, but the voters in District 5 may want to consider what little is actually known about him before they go to the polls.

According to police and court records, just after Evans turned 18, he was still prone to juvenile behavior. In May 1981, Evans was caught trying to switch the price tag on merchandise at a southern Dallas grocery story. In September of that year, Evans pleaded guilty before the court on the misdemeanor charge, and he received one day in jail plus court costs.

By 1991 Evans had landed a job as a low-level supervisor at Ameriscribe, a company that provided copy services for large law firms. It was at Ameriscribe that Evans met a temporary worker, Johnny Johnson, who told police that in October 1991, Evans tried to "grab his crotch" as part of a pattern of behavior by Evans to force himself on Johnson.

Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Jim Chandler says Johnson lodged a complaint against Evans in 1993. At the time, Chandler says, Johnson claimed he saw Evans' picture in the newspaper as part of a citywide youth summit that Evans was organizing in the wake of the violence that had broken out after the 1993 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl victory parade. (Evans lists the youth summit as one of his greatest accomplishments in education, but DISD trustee Ron Price claims Evans stole the idea from him.)

At the time, Johnson told police he was filing his complaint because he believed that Evans was "sick" and shouldn't be around children, Chandler says. Dallas police tried to investigate the case, but ran into several walls with Ameriscribe managers, who refused to discuss Johnson because he and several other employees were suing the company for race discrimination.

Nonetheless, police believed Johnson enough to issue Evans a misdemeanor citation for "offensive contact," a low-grade assault. Evans fought the ticket in municipal court and was found not guilty after a trial before a judge.

"That's a totally and completely false allegation. That's all it was, an allegation," says Evans, who contends that Johnson filed the complaint because he was upset with him. "I was his manager. He worked for a temporary service and wanted to be hired by the company," Evans says. "I did not hire him."

When reached last week, Johnson declined to discuss the incident.
Apart from his stint at Ameriscribe, Evans refused to provide the Observer with any information about other jobs that he might have held. "I am a private citizen and still will be unless I'm elected. Past employers have nothing to do with the qualifications of a school board member. There is such a thing as privacy in this country."

Evans also balked at giving the Observer detailed information because he claimed the newspaper had "never written a positive thing about an African-American" and was just going to do a "hatchet job" on him. Evans also called the News' 1993 profile, which was titled "Mystery Man," a hatchet job.

"To some, Mr. Evans, 31, is a rising star in the local African-American community," the story stated. "But others say that his past is a mystery and that he craves the limelight and won't work with African-American leaders in existing organizations--allegations Mr. Evans denies."

Even regarding his present employment, Evans will only provide the sketchiest of detail. On his application to run for the school board, he states that he is currently employed as a "management consultant." He owns a consulting company, he says, which he calls The Evans Group, and he is its only full-time employee. He says he provides consulting services to nonprofit and religious organizations, though he refuses to provide a list of references or customers, past or present. He does, however, concede that he isn't making much money.

"I don't have an office, as it were," Evans says. "I'm between locations. I have not found a space that's economically feasible."

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Rose Farley
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