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A 73-year-old Hamilton man was charged with felony sexual assault after he allegedly groped a young man in public.

Jimmy Lee Evans appeared Tuesday before Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey.

An investigation determined that shortly before 10:30 p.m. on May 25, an 18-year-old man was walking near the intersection of North First Street and Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton when he noticed Evans standing in front of a restaurant, according to the charging affidavit.

Evans called out to the man.

The man told authorities he crossed the street to speak to Evans because it appeared the man was elderly and may require help. Once in contact with Evans, the man said he could tell Evans was intoxicated, but he seemed friendly.

The man said Evans kept trying to get him to go home with him, but he declined.

When the man shook hands with Evans, the affidavit said Evans refused to release his hand no matter how much he struggled. Evans then allegedly wrapped his arms around the man, hugged him and slid his hand down to squeeze the man’s buttocks.

The man said Evans then attempted to kiss him on the mouth, but the kiss landed on his cheek after he turned his head.

The sheriff’s officer who took the report said the man was visibly shaken by the assault. During his report, the officer reported the man got emotional and his eyes watered.

Evans was located walking on North First Street. He admitted speaking to the man and shaking his hand, but denied any sexual contact.

Evans was convicted of two charges of sexual intercourse without consent in Richland County, Montana in February 2007 and sexual abuses by sexual contact in Umatilla County, Oregon in 1989.

Bailey set bond at $25,000.

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