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Ex-boyfriend of Terry Bean arrested

Both face charges on sex crimes stemming from Lane County incident.


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

Kiah Loy Lawson, 25, surrendered to Portland police early Thursday.

Detectives from the sex crimes unit of the Portland Police Bureau brought him to the Multnomah County Jail, where he was released later.

Like Bean, Lawson faces charges in Lane County Circuit Court in connection with an incident involving a 15-year-old boy. Pending are two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and one court of third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor.

Bean, 66 was brought Wednesday to the Multnomah County Detention Center and then released.

A Thursday release by the bureau offered no other details except that the investigation was continuing.

According to an earlier bureau release, the investigation involves the staffs of the district attorneys in Clackamas and Lane counties.

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 Lawson of attempting extortion in connection with the videos, while trying to reach a settlement with Lawson.

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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