- Apr 2013
- The Milky Way
Lane County grand jury indicts prominent gay rights activist Terrence Bean in 2013 case involving a 15-year-old boy | OregonLive.com
Detectives from the Portland police Sex Crimes Unit arrested Portland developer Terrence Patrick Bean on Wednesday on a Lane County indictment stemming from alleged sex abuse involving a teenage boy in 2013.
Bean, 66, a prominent gay rights activist and major Democratic Party fundraiser, was arrested at his home in Southwest Portland and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 10:12 a.m.
The indictment charges Bean with two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and one count of third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor, police said.
Bean, who bailed out of jail by late Wednesday afternoon, will be arraigned on the indictment in Lane County.
Detectives in Portland's Sex Crime Unit are the lead investigators in the case and have been working closely with the Clackamas County and Lane County district attorneys' offices.
The alleged incident involved a sexual encounter in Eugene with a 15-year-old boy.
Another person alleged to have been involved in that encounter is also expected to face arrest as part of the indictment.
"The investigation began in Portland, but the criminal episode occurred in Lane County,'' said police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.
Lane County Chief Deputy District Attorney Patricia Perlow declined to release any information about the case or the indictment.
Bean has been one of the state's biggest Democratic donors and an influential figure in gay rights circles in the state. He helped found two major national political groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, and has been a major contributor for several Democratic presidential candidates, including Barack Obama. He's also a close friend of former Gov. Barbara Roberts.