Sea Scout leader pleads no contest

July 15, 2008 11:43:12 AM PDT
A Berkeley Sea Scouts leader charged with molesting boys in his troop likely will serve six years in prison under a deal with prosecutors.

Eugene Evans pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of child molestation after facing more than a dozen charges, including molestation and exposing minors to pornography.

Evans was arrested in December for allegedly abusing four current or former Sea Scout members on his boat over several years.

Evans and his attorney declined to comment after the 64-year-old scout leader entered his plea in Alameda County Superior Court. Evans previously had denied acting improperly.

Evans made news in the 1990s, when he sued the city of Berkeley after officials revoked the group's free docking space because of the Boy Scouts of America's ban on atheists and gays.