- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The terms of an offer made by a prominent gay activist to settle a sexual assault case against him will remain confidential while a Lane County judge considers a request to release the information.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/Kk36e4 ) 66-year-old Terry Bean and his former boyfriend are accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy at a Eugene hotel in 2013.

Bean tried to resolve the case through a civil compromise, outlining a proposed settlement with the boy’s attorneys during a closed court session. Under a ruling by Circuit Judge Charles Zennache, a recording of that session has been kept sealed.

The Oregonian appealed the ruling, saying the public has a right to know the offer. But Bean’s attorneys say disclosing the settlement could sway potential jurors at trial.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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