A prominent Oregon Democrat has been arrested and charged with sodomizing and sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy. And that’s not all: He may also have secretly video recorded multiple men having sex in his bedroom.
The accused, 66-year-old Terry Bean, is a well-known gay rights activist and political fundraiser who was once hosted by President Obama on Air Force One. His alleged crime took place in Lane County in September 2013.
Bean’s status in the LGBT lobby is likely to add a politically-charged element to his trial, stoking fears among those who correlate the gay lifestyle with the sexual abuse of minors.
LGBT activists have long denied any correlation. However, when it comes to public perception, outside criticism may be a lesser threat than the Terry Beans within their own ranks.
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