A prominent Democratic Party donor and gay rights activist has been charged with sex crimes involving a child younger than 16.
Real estate developer Terry Bean pleaded not guilty to two counts of sodomy and one count of sexual abuse Thursday in Lane County court. Prosecutors say the charges stem from an incident in September 2013. A grand jury voted to indict Bean earlier this month, but the indictment was secret until his arraignment.
Bean was charged in the 2013 incident four years ago, but the case was eventually dropped after the alleged victim, a teenager at the time, refused to testify.
Bean helped found the Human Rights Campaign, an important advocacy group in the gay rights movement. He remains a frequent financial supporter of Democratic candidates and progressive causes in Oregon and beyond.
Last year, according to campaign finance reports, he donated to Portland City Council candidate Jo Ann Hardesty, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, House members Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici and the campaign for Metro’s affordable housing bond, among dozens of candidates and campaigns that received his financial support.
Willamette Week reports that Rosenblum’s campaign refunded donations from Bean after news of his new indictment broke Thursday.