PORTLAND, Ore. — Criminal prosecutors in Oregon filed additional child sex abuse allegations against the co-founder of the prominent homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as they seek to build their case for an upcoming trial scheduled for next month.
As previously reported, Terrance Bean, 66, of the Human Rights Campaign was taken into custody at his home last November by the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit following an indictment by a Lane County Grand Jury. He was booked at the Multnomah County Jail and released after posting 10 percent of his $50,000 bail.
Bean was charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and one count of third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation that involves an alleged sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy, who now has allegedly signed an affidavit stating that he does not want Bean to be prosecuted.
Last June, the publication Williamette Week reported that Bean and one of his young homosexual lovers, 24-year-old Kiah Lawson, got into a dispute after the man claimed that he noticed that Bean had placed a camera above his bed to record sexual acts with men.
“Bean says that last year he fell in love with Lawson,” the report stated. “Bean paid him a $400-a-week allowance, put Lawson up in one of his homes and took him on international trips. Last fall, Bean brought Lawson to the White House and also introduced him to Obama.”
“In January, Lawson says, he discovered that Bean had a hidden camera in the smoke detector above Bean’s bed in his West Hills home,” it continued. “Lawson used this information to seek money from Bean, alleging that the camera captured videos ‘of at least a half dozen individuals in a state of nudity engaged in intimate acts with you.’ Lawson claims he is in more than one video.”
“Records reviewed by WW show Bean recently attempted to settle the matter for $40,000 in exchange for Lawson turning over the images and refraining from disclosing Bean’s ‘alleged illicit sexual activities,’ but the deal was called off and Bean later sought to charge Lawson with theft and extortion.
Lawson was later booked on the same charges as Bean, and as Bean’s trial is scheduled for Aug. 11, his attorneys are seeking a settlement through a “civil compromise” with the 15-year-old. However, prosecutors are fighting the dismissal of the charges and have instead filed new sexual abuse allegations stemming back to 1979.
According to reports, while the alleged incident is past the statute of limitations, prosecutors wish to show a pattern of sexual abuse. The man, who says he was 16 at the time, claims that he had a sexual relationship with Bean until the then 30-year-old broke it off for lack of satisfaction. He says that he attempted suicide a year later when he saw Bean at a party and was snubbed by him.
Beans attorney, Derek Ashton, contends that there is no way that the latest allegations can be proven.
“The latest charge being made by the special prosecutor to the court is about a man who alleges that 36 years ago, Mr. Bean and his now deceased former partner had sexual relations with him when he was underage. Since Mr. Bean’s partner died of AIDS 25 years ago, there is no other witness to deny this scurrilous charge and the prosecutor knows this,” he wrote in a statement.
He asserted that the case is part of an extortion ring led by Lawson.
“The special prosecutor has aggressively sought evidence against Mr. Bean, and relied on untrustworthy witnesses recruited by Kiah Lawson as part of his ring’s attempt at extortion,” Derek Ashton said.
Bean’s Human Rights Campaign, which he co-founded in 1980, is said to be the largest homosexual advocacy group in the nation, having over 1.5 million supporters. He also founded the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, and has been one of the largest Democratic donors in Oregon, especially surrounding financial contributions made to Barack Obama’s election efforts, which are stated to be in excess of $1 million dollars.