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Former Gov. Roberts Defended Bean Before His Arrest for Sex Crimes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts wrote a letter defending Terry Bean against accusations of wrongdoing six months before his Nov. 19 arrest for alleged sex crimes involving a minor.

Terrence Patrick Bean, 66, was arrested at his home Wednesday after he was indicted by a Lane County grand jury for sex crimes invovling a juvenile male, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Lane County would not release details of the charges to GoLocalPDX.

Bean's attorney, Kristen Winemiller, said in a media statement that Bean was the victim of an "extortion ring" orchestrated by a former lover, Kiah Lawson.  

Bean, a prominent gay-rights activist, was the subject of a Willamette Week story in June 2014 that detailed much of the alleged extortion.

When the June article was published Winemiller sent a letter out to Bean's many political connections stating that Bean was innocent of allegations of sexually innapropriate behavior.

Winemiller stated:

"It is well known that Terry’s generosity has touched every walk of Portland life. He is also a respected businessman who has built a successful real estate company. Unfortunately, Terry made the mistake of falling for the wrong guy: Kiah Lawson. And for the past four and a half months, Terry has been the victim of a crime ring of men who have broken into his homes, stolen money and personal items and tried to extort money from him by threatening his public reputation. They stole his passwords, overwrote his electronic communications and engaged in complicated identity theft to make their actions appear to be coming from Terry. This apparent drug fueled activity was masterminded by Lawson and his associates."

Winemiller included an additional letter for her defense of Bean - this one was written by former Oregon Governor Barbara Robert. In the letter, Roberts had written to Willamette Week defending Bean, according Winemiller.

Roberts wrote the following note, pertaining to the details of article:

“I have been aware of this situation from the start, I am an appropriate witness for witness for Terry in your article. I have full faith in doing so because as soon as Terry found out found out what Kiah was doing to him, he confided it to me in late January. I followed his attempts to help Kiah get treatment for his drug problem and to ignore his own safety to do safety to do so. He really cared about this man and as such,it took a bit longer than it should have to wake him up to the fact that he was conspiring against him with help from others. I am so relieved it is now in law enforcement's hands.”
Bean is due to be transported to Lane County to face his charges because that's where the alleged incidents took place. As of Wednesday afternoon, Winemiller's office didn't know whether Bean had made bail and been released.

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