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Mon Jan 21, 2019, 07:04 AM

Democratic fundraiser Terry Bean charged with sex abuse of minor

Nearly four years ago, prominent Democratic fundraiser and Portland real estate developer Terry Bean seemingly walked away from a Lane County sex abuse case, along with his former boyfriend Kiah Lawson of Junction City.

Both men were accused of meeting a 15-year-old boy at a Eugene motel for an illegal sexual encounter in 2013. But the case was dropped in 2015 after the victim refused to testify, allegedly because Bean had “settled” with the victim.

But the case has now been reopened. A secret indictment was filed Jan. 4 in Lane County Circuit Court, and both men face a new indictment.

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Bean — who founded the Human Rights Campaign, a leading national gay rights organization — was first recognized for his activism in the 1970s when he helped persuade the Eugene City Council to pass an ordinance barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Bean later moved to Portland and became a known figure in national Democratic Party politics. The Willamette Week newspaper reported in 2014 that Bean had raised more money to support President Obama than any other Oregonian.

Read more: https://www.registerguard.com/news/20190118/democratic-fundraiser-terry-bean-charged-with-sex-abuse-of-minor

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