Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Alleged victim in Terry Bean sex case disappears, trial now in doubt

Terrence Patrick Bean (left), Kiah Lawson
EUGENE -- The prosecutor handling the sex crimes case against Terry Bean, a prominent gay activist, told a judge Friday that his investigators have been unable to find the alleged victim in the case.

Without the teenager's testimony, the case will have to be dismissed or the trial rescheduled, the prosecutor acknowledged.

The boy, now 17, doesn't want to testify at the trial, his attorney said at an earlier hearing.

Meanwhile, the search for the boy goes on.

"We continue to put all available resources toward that issue," prosecutor Scott Healy said after a hearing before Lane County Circuit Judge Jay McAlpin.

Bean, 66, and his former boyfriend, Kiah Loy Lawson, 25, are accused of having sex with the then-15-year-old boy at a Eugene hotel in 2013. They each are charged with two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor.  (more...)

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