Obama Bundler Tries To Buy Off Rape Victim
“It sounds like kids are for purchase,” Judge Charles Zennache said, as he denied a dismissal for a sex offender case. “If you have enough money, you can buy sex with a minor. With regard to public policy, that’s a line we can’t cross.”
Oregon based democrat party bundler Terry Bean is in deep trouble. Well known for his contributions to Obama’s campaign, LGBTQAULMNOP+ issues, and democrat party apparatuses, he was arrested last year on charges of sexual abuse and sodomy, when he and his then-boyfriend Kiah Lawson were accused of having sex with a 15 year old male in September of 2013.
Bean was arrested in November of 2014, plead not guilty, and promptly bailed himself out. Despite the scandal, Mr. Bean made a public appearance at an Oregon Historical Society event in February, celebrating Oregon’s 156th birthday. The gala happened to be attended by Governor-in-waiting Kate Brown, along with former Governors Ted Kulongoski and Barbara Roberts. Brown was to be sworn in a few days later after John Kitzhaber resigned in shame.
So now it’s July of 2015, and it has been revealed that Bean has tried to buy off his accuser, but the judge and prosecutor are not letting up.
Lane County Circuit Court Judge Charles M. Zennache ruled that Bean will stand trial Aug. 11 for two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and one count of sexual abuse in the third degree, a misdemeanor, involving a 15-year-old boy in 2013. Bean has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Zennache denied an effort by Bean to settle the case with a cash payment to the alleged victim. The judge said such a settlement sent a dangerous message in a sex-abuse case where the alleged victim was 15 years old.
“It sounds like kids are for purchase,” Zennache said. “If you have enough money, you can buy sex with a minor. With regard to public policy, that’s a line we can’t cross.”
Over the past two weeks, Bean has been seeking to dismiss the criminal charges because he has reached a settlement with his alleged victim, who now doesn’t want to go forward with the case.
Bean appeared in person at today’s hearing.
His attorney, Derek Ashton, argued that prosecutors had “grossly misrepresented” the facts surrounding Bean and his then-boyfriend, Kiah Lawson, having sex with the 15-year-old boy in Eugene in 2013. Ashton said the 15-year-old, now living in California, did not want to see Bean stand trial.
“What he is saying is the events leading up to the indictment were not meaningful in his life,” Ashton said. “He wants the case to end now.”
Neither side discussed the financial terms of the proposed settlement in open court.
A story in this week’s edition of WW explained that the settlement Bean sought is called a civil compromise.
Such settlements are sometimes used in low-level criminal cases and require a judge’s approval to have charges dismissed. It’s rare for such settlements to win dismissal of felony sex abuse charges, especially involving minors.
To make matters worse for Bean, he and Lawson had a nasty and public break up last year, which centered around accusations that Bean had a hidden camera in a bedroom and had recorded several people having sex, including Lawson himself. Bean fired back, claiming that he was victim of extortion, and pointing out Lawson’s drug problems, for which he had been arrested several times for.