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Berkeley Sea Scout leader accused of molesting teens

Contra Costa Times
Article Launched: 12/04/2007 06:33:08 PM PST

BERKELEY -- Berkeley police on Tuesday arrested a 64-year-old Sea Scout leader on six felony counts of sexual assault on boys ages 13 to 17 who are members of the maritime youth group. Eugene Evans of Kensington, who has been the skipper of the Berkeley group's boat for 35 years, was booked into the Berkeley police jail. Police served search warrants at his home and "several other locations," according to a police statement.

The group maintains its boat, the Farallon, at the Berkeley Marina.

Police said charges could include lewd and lascivious acts against a minor younger than 14, oral copulation with a minor younger than 16, and penetration with a foreign object of a minor younger than 14. The alleged crimes occurred over "several years," the statement said.

Police said they "have yet to determine definitively how long Evans may have been molesting youth," and they believe there may be more victims.

Evans is a retired teacher from Encinal High School in the city of Alameda, according to the statement.

The Sea Scouts lost a Supreme Court Ruling against the city of Berkeley in 2006 over gay rights issues. The group sued the city for revoking its city funded berth at the marina because the group refused to disavow the Boy Scouts of America's exclusion of gays and atheists.




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