Gay rights activist Terry Bean indicted for sexually abusing 15-year-old boy
A high profile gay rights activist and Democrat fundraiser has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy with his boyfriend.
Terry Bean, 66, co-founded two of the biggest national campaign groups and raised more than $500,000 for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election bid.
He was arrested at his home in southwest Portland on Wednesday and indicted with two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sex abuse.
Bean’s lawyers insist he is the victim of an ’extortion ring’, which they claim involves several men ’known to law enforcement’.
The alleged incident involved a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy in 2013 in Eugene, Oregon, police said.
His ex-boyfriend, Kiah Loy Lawson, 25, was also arrested and charged, according to USA Today
Bean is a revered character among the gay rights activist community and with the Democratic Party, Oregon Livereports.
He helped to form the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay And Lesbian Victory Fund.
The trained broker was forced to defend himself earlier this year after his co-accused, Lawson, revealed Bean secretly filmed their sexual encounters. However, his lawyer Kristin Winemiller has lambasted claims he abused a teenage boy.