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Political fundraiser facing sex abuse charges in Eugene

The case stems from an alleged incident in September 2013.

Posted: Jan. 17, 2019 4:02 PM
Updated: Jan. 17, 2019 5:01 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A major political fundraiser is behind bars facing child sex abuse charges

Terry Bean, 70, was booked into the Lane County Jail Thursday morning in Eugene. He was arraigned on three counts, including sodomy and sex abuse.

The case stems from an alleged incident in September 2013. According to court records, Bean and his former boyfriend had sex with a 15-year-old boy in a Eugene hotel room.

Leading up to the trial, the prosecutor said Bean offered to pay the teenager more than $200,000 to settle the case, but a judge rejected the deal.

At the time, the victim declined to testify because he was worried about having to share intimate details on the witness stand.

Apparently, that has changed, and with the victim’s cooperation, prosecutors now have a case.

Bean has consistently denied any wrongdoing. His defense lawyer was contacted but has not responded.

Bean is a prominent gay rights activist.

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