PORTLAND, Ore. — A day after one of the co-founders of the nation’s largest homosexual activist organization was arrested on child sex abuse charges, his former boyfriend is also behind bars for the exact same charges.
As previously reported, Terrance Bean, 66, of Portland 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.
On Thursday, Bean’s former love interest, 25-year old Kiah Lawson, was also taken into custody on sodomy and sexual abuse charges. The Oregonian reports that both Bean and Lawson are accused of having sex with the teen at a hotel in Eugene after meeting the boy on the Internet. Lawson is expected to be arraigned today in Lane County Court.
In June, the publication Williamette Week had reported that Bean and Lawson got into a dispute after the then 24-year-old 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 is credited with being a co-founder of a number of homosexual activist organizations, namely the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, and the National Gay Games. The Human Rights Campaign is said to be the largest homosexual advocacy group in the nation, having over 1.5 million supporters. Bean has served on the organization’s Board of Directors for over 20 years, and is also a member of its Foundation Board and Public Policy Committee.
Bean is additionally recognized as 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.