September 17, 2008

Eugene Evans sentenced for molestation

San Jose Mercury News


OAKLAND, Calif. -- An Alameda County judge has accepted the plea deal for a former Berkeley Sea Scout leader who molested boys on the troupe's boat.

Under terms of the agreement, 65-year-old Eugene Evans will serve six years in prison. The judge also ordered him Tuesday to pay $10,000 in restitution to his victims and register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors struck the deal with Evans in July. If he had gone to trial, he would have faced 18 felony counts for allegedly molesting three boys and showing pornographic materials to four others. Instead he pleaded no contest to two counts of child molestation.

Prosecutors say they sought the plea deal to spare the victims from having to testify in court.

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