Ched Evans Rape Case: Four More Arrests For Naming Victim On Twitter

PA/The Huffington Post UK  |  Posted: 09/05/2012 13:44 Updated: 09/05/2012 13:44

Ched Evans
Evans is ready to appeal his conviction for raping a teenage girl

Four more men have been arrested in connection with the alleged naming on Twitter of the victim in footballer Ched Evans' rape case.

The four men, aged between 19 and 30, were arrested and questioned in the Sheffield area yesterday.

Seventeen arrests have now been made in the investigation, with more planned, North Wales Police said.

One man was arrested on suspicion of malicious communication, another on suspicion of malicious communication and under Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Amendments Act.

The other two were arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Sheffield United and Wales striker Evans was jailed for five years at Caernarfon Crown Court on April 20 for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

He denied the allegation and plans to appeal against the verdict.

Following the conclusion of the trial, the victim of the rape was allegedly named and subjected to abuse on Twitter and other websites.

North Wales Police described the alleged online comments as "profoundly disturbing" and said they contributed to the victim's "continued trauma".

Rape and other sexual assault victims are guaranteed the legal right to lifetime anonymity.

Evans, 23, admitted having sex with the woman at a hotel in North Wales last May.

In her evidence, she said she had no memory of the incident and the prosecution argued she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

Evans' co-accused, Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, 23, who also admitted having sex with the victim, was found not guilty.

Sheffield United defender Connor Brown was suspended by the club for comments he allegedly made on Twitter following the trial.

Meanwhile, nearly 23,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Evans to be removed from an end-of-season honours list.

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