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Terry Bean arrested on sex-crime charges

Portland developer also a backer of Democratic Party, gay rights.


Terry Bean, a Portland real estate developer and a prominent champion of the Democratic Party and gay rights, has been arrested on pending charges of sex crimes.

Detectives from the sex crimes unit of the Portland Police Bureau brought Bean, 66, to the Multnomah County Detention Center on Wednesday.

He is expected to be arraigned later in Lane County Circuit Court in connection with a 2013 incident involving a 15-year-old boy. Charges are expected to include two counts of third-degree sodomy, which is a felony, and one count of third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor.

In addition to Portland police, the investigation involves staffs of the district attorneys in Clackamas and Lane counties, according to a release by Portland police.

Willamette Week reported in June about allegations that Bean secretly made video recordings of men having sex in his bedroom — and that Bean had accused someone of attempting extortion in connection with the videos, while trying to reach a settlement.

Bean is represented by Portland lawyer Kristen Winemiller, who issued this statement Wednesday afternoon:

“Terry Bean is a highly respected community leader who has devoted his life to bettering our community.

“Over the course of several months in 2013-14, Terry was the victim of an extortion ring led by several men known to law enforcement. This current arrest is connected to the ongoing investigation of that case in which Mr. Bean has fully cooperated.

“No allegations against Terry Bean should be taken at face value. We look forward to the opportunity to clear his name.”

Bean is a founder of the Human Rights Campaign, which promotes action against discrimination based on sexual orientation, and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund for political candidates.

He also has raised money for President Barack Obama and other Democrats, including Bill Clinton and Al Gore. He is an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee.

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