EUGENE, Ore. — Prominent Oregon gay rights activist Terry Bean pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Eugene to sodomy and sex abuse charges involving a 15-year-old boy.
His lawyer, Kristen Winemiller, previously said Bean is the victim of an extortion ring.
KGW reports she said Wednesday the group involves his ex-partner Kiah Lawson.
Lawson also has pleaded not guilty.
Bean is a Portland real estate developer who helped to found two national political groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.
He has been a major contributor for several Democratic presidential candidates.
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