OAKLAND — Supporters have rallied behind Eugene A. Evans, the Sea Scout leader facing 19 counts of sexual assault, to bail him out of jail.

Evans appeared in court Friday but did not enter a plea. He will be back in court in January to enter a plea, a court official said.

More than a dozen Sea Scouts, all wearing matching orange scouting

T-shirts, and other supporters, attended the hearing Friday. Many current and former Sea Scouts and their parents have come out in support of Evans.

A supporter put his house up as collateral for the $190,000 bond and Evans was expected to be released from Santa Rita county jail in Dublin on Friday night.

Assistant District Attorney Martin Brown said Friday he has charged Evans with 19 counts of sexual assault stemming from incidents with four boys — ages 13 to 17 — over the past several years.

The charges include oral copulation with a minor, engaging in substantial sexual acts with a minor, penetration with a foreign object, and showing or distributing lewd material to a minor.

Evans is accused of having sexual relations with boys aboard the SSS Farallon, the 85-foot ship used for the Sea Scouts program. Investigators recovered pornography from the boat and from his Kensington home, Brown and police said.


Evans was the lead plaintiff in a 1998 lawsuit against the city of Berkeley 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.

Last year, Berkeley won the eight-year legal battle.

Berkeley had let the Sea Scouts — who teach sailing, navigation and boating related skills — use city-owned berths free of charge for decades, but in 1997 passed an ordinance banning subsidies for groups that discriminate. There have not been any specific allegations of discrimination against the Sea Scouts.

Berkeley police arrested Evans — who lives alone and has no children — at his Kensington home shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday.