PORTLAND, Ore. — The founder of the nation’s largest homosexual activist organization has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a teenage boy.
Terrance Bean, 66, of the Human Rights Campaign was taken into custody at his home on Wednesday 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 is facing 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. Police state that there may be additional victims involved and others may also be arrested as part of the investigation.
“The investigation began in Portland, but the criminal episode occurred in Lane County,” police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson told The Oregonian.
Further details surrounding the matter are few, but neighbor Jeff Warila told local television station KOIN that he saw Bean bringing younger men home with him and could see them engaging in sexual acts through the window.
In 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.
Bean’s Human Rights Campaign, which he 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.
Kristen Winemiller, Bean’s attorney, states that the criminal charges he now faces are all part of a setup.
“Terry Bean is a highly respected community leader who has devoted his life to bettering our community,” she said. “Over the course of several months in 2013-2014 Terry was the victim of an extortion ring led by several men known to law enforcement. This current arrest is connected to the ongoing investigation of that case in which Mr. Bean has fully cooperated. No allegations against Terry Bean should be taken at face value. We look forward to the opportunity to clear his name.”
But Scott Lively of Defend the Family said that he is not surprised by Bean’s indictment.
“Terry Bean was a founder of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest and most aggressive homosexual advocacy organization probably in the world—at least in the United States—and he was just arrested for pederasty, which of course is man/boy sex,” he told One News Now. “I’ve demonstrated in my research that pederasty is really at the core of male homosexual culture. Not that every homosexual man is engaged in it, but that it’s always been sort of a central theme of male homosexuality.”