Accused Child Molester and Obama Bundler to Host VIP Democratic Party Fundraiser
Terry Bean, a former ‘gay porn kingpin’, revered gay rights pioneer and bundler for the 2012 reelection campaign of President Barack Obama, is scheduled to host a “VIP” fundraiser for the Multnomah County, Oregon Democratic Party next month–nine days after the start of his September 1 trial for having sex with a fifteen-year-old boy. Bean faces charges of two felony counts of third-degree sodomy and one misdemeanor count of sexual abuse in the third degree. Prosecutors have alleged in court that Bean has a “history of abusing young boys.”
“A VIP Party will take place on Thursday night, Sept. 10th at 6:30 at the home of Mr. Terry Bean, address to be provided. The Golf Tournament will tee off on Friday morning, Sept. 11th followed by the Banquet and Awards, at Riverside Country Club, NE 33rd, Portland.”
Terry Bean and Kiah Lawson, photos Mutlnomah County Sheriff via KOIN-TV.
The announcement of the fundraiser came just days after it was reported that Bean, who usually does not donate to the county party, gave $5,000 to the Multnomah Democrats.
Democratic Party officials are standing by Bean in comments made to Portland media.
“Multnomah County Dems spokeswoman Sue Hagmeier says the party is comfortable accepting Bean’s money and hospitality. “He’s a friend of the party,” Hagmeier says. “He’s been accused of something that is a lurid crime, but he’s only been accused, not convicted. If he were convicted, we’d take another look.””
“Sue Hagmeier, the county party’s spokeswoman and a former Portland School Board member, defended accepting Bean’s help while he is under indictment.
“”He is an old friend, and that makes it kind of hard to pile on when he is accused of something — but only accused,” she said.”
Bean, 66, and his former boyfriend Kiah Lawson, 25, were charged last November with having sex with the then fifteen-year-old boy at a Eugene, Oregon motel in 2013.
According to Willamette Week, Bean and the boyfriend arranged the sexual abuse of the boy through the gay hook-up app Grinder.
“According to prosecutors, Bean and Lawson traveled to Eugene for a University of Oregon Ducks football game against California on Sept. 28, 2013. The night before, according to court records, Bean and Lawson contacted the 15-year-old via Grindr, a gay male hookup app.
“Bean and Lawson, prosecutors allege, met the minor at a west Eugene 7-Eleven and then drove him in Bean’s Mercedes to the Valley River Inn, where they had sex with him before calling him a cab and giving him $40.”
Bean blamed the charges on an extortion ring allegedly led by Lawson. Bean reportedly tried to buy off Lawson with a $40,000 payment for not disclosing Bean’s “alleged illicit sexual activities” and returning images of Bean engaged in sex. The investigation in to Bean’s activities began after reports Bean had surreptitiously videotaped sexual encounters with Lawson and other males with hidden cameras in Bean’s Portland home.
At the time of Bean and Lawson’s arrest, Lawson’s mother told KOIN-TV that Lawson was used by Bean to groom and ‘get young kids’ for sex and that as part of the grooming Bean plied Lawson with alcohol and Viagra. The alleged victim’s attorney told KOIN that the boy was “traumatized” and that the two adults needed to be held to account.
The case has taken several bizarre turns recently. In July Bean petitioned the court to dismiss the charges and allow him to pay off the boy with an undisclosed amount. The court rejected Bean’s request. Soon after that the boy disappeared with the help of his mother. Authorities have spent weeks trying to track the boy down from San Diego, California to Eugene, Oregon.
Bean’s attorney Derek Ashton contradicted the alleged victim’s attorney’s statement from November that the boy was traumatized with his statement in court last month that the boy now downplays the incident.
“…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.””
Prosecutors reportedly have filed evidence in court demonstrating Bean’s sexual abuse of underage boys dates back to the 1979 when Bean would have been 30 years old.
“In court records filed July 8, prosecutors introduced evidence dating back to 1979. They say Bean, then 30, engaged in sex with a teenager, providing the 16-year-old with alcohol and drugs. The court documents allege Bean and his adult partner at the time both had sex with the teenager. The alleged victim later tried to kill himself after Bean broke off the relationship, court records say.
“The alleged victim is now a 52-year-old doctor in California who says he stepped forward because he wanted to help make sure Bean did not “keep on abusing young boys.” In court documents, he expressed concern Bean had the money to escape criminal charges with “minimal damage.””
Bean’s attorney Ashton denied the allegation, saying the only other witness was Bean’s then boyfriend who died form AIDS twenty-five years ago.
““Since Mr. Bean’s partner died of AIDS 25 years ago, there is no other witness to deny this scurrilous charge, and the prosecutor knows this,” Ashton said in a statement about the prosecutors’ July 8 filing.”
Prosecutors also alleged in court on July 16 that Bean has a history of preying on local young boys:
“”According to our investigation, our belief is that this man has a history of abusing young boys right here in Lane County,” said Clackamas County Deputy District Attorney Scott Healy. “Our biggest concern is the ongoing public safety. The defendant travels a lot and has access to young boys.”
Willamette Week has done in depth reporting on Bean’s problems and his use of his money and power in getting one of his lawyers to “represent six young men who know Bean” and employing Hilary Rosen of SKDKnickerbocker to manage media relations.
Willamette Week also raised the question of how the Secret Service allowed Bean to bring Lawson to a White House function and to a fundraiser where he was photographed meeting President Obama despite Lawson having a criminal background of assault, theft and driving on a suspended license and having several restraining orders filed against him by former male lovers.
Got News captured and reported on a 2007 tribute video to Bean by Basic Rights Oregon that featured photos of Bean with former President Bill Clinton and other prominent Democratic Party officials. Former Vice President Al Gore recorded a spoken tribute to Bean for the video. Former Republican Senator for Oregon Gordon Smith, whom Bean contributed to, also was featured in the video.
Bean’s Wikipedia page entry intro reads:
“Terrence Patrick “Terry” Bean is an American political fundraiser, a civil rights activist, and a pioneer of the LGBT rights movement. He is known for co-founding several national LGBT rights organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and the National Gay Games. As of 2012, he is the CEO and President of Bean Investment Real Estate and resides in Portland, Oregon. In 2014 he was arrested on charges of sexual abuse in a case involving a 15-year-old boy.”
Video from July 23, 2012 fundraiser in Portland.
The Washington Times reported Bean was appointed in 2009 to be a member of the Democratic National Committee and was appointed in 2013 to the DNC’s budget and finance committee. The Times also reported Bean has hosted Obama, Bill Clinton and Al Gore for fundraisers at his Portland home and that Bean’s access to Obama has included a trip on Air Force One and numerous visits to the White House.