The Oregonian reported Thursday that Judge Charles Zennaché of the Lane County Circuit Court rejected a civil compromise offer proposed by prominent activist Terry Bean who is accused of child sex abuse. Bean and Kiah Loy Lawson face criminal charges after allegedly having sex with an underage boy in 2013. The boy was 15 at the time. By refusing the civil compromise, Judge Zennaché ensured that the criminal charges against Bean will continue to stand. Accepting the civil solution would have been “bad public policy,” said Judge Zennaché, “… (and bad) from a public safety perspective.”*
Terry Bean was a major contributor to President Barack Obama and is one of the founders of the Human Rights Campaign.
Kafoury & McDougal support the decision by Judge Zennaché. Sex abusers are usually predators, and they routinely leave a vast number of victims in their wake. Our firm has vindicated the rights of numerous victims of sex abuse and has exposed the concealment of predators by such institutions as the ambulance service AMR, Legacy Emanuel and the Dalles Hospital.
Terry Bean should face public accountability and judgment. Terry Bean should not be allowed to use a civil compromise to cover up for any alleged crimes.
*As quoted in The Oregonian