Kiah Loy Lawson was convicted on sex abuse charges today in Lane County Circuit Court after a trial that began Sept. 11.
Lawson, 30, is a former boyfriend of the Portland real estate investor and Democratic political fundraiser Terry Bean. A split between the two men five years ago has cascaded into a series of legal problems that in November will see Bean, 70, facing the same charges of which Lawson was convicted in his own trial: two counts of sodomy in the third degree, a Class C felony and one count of sexual abuse in the third degree, a misdemeanor.
The charges against both men relate to the alleged abuse of a 15-year-old boy in Eugene in September 2013, when the men were there for an Oregon Ducks football game. They were subsequently indicted and set for trial in 2015 but the alleged victim refused to testify. The cases were dismissed.
But the Lane County District Attorney's office refiled charges against both men earlier this year. That's because the alleged victim, referred to in court records as M.S.G., discovered that his attorney, Lori Deveny, had allegedly stolen most of a $220,000 civil settlement Bean agreed to pay him.
In Lawson's trial, both he and the alleged victim took the took the stand. The jury apparently believed the victim.
Bean's case is set for November. Today's result is not good news for him.
Bean, who earlier this week went on the offensive. As The Oregonian first reported, he filed a $2 million civil lawsuit against the investigating police officer, Portland Police Bureau Det. Jeff Meyers, prosecutor Erik Hasselman and Sean Riddell, a civil attorney representing M.S.G.
Lawson will be sentenced Sept. 17 at 1:15 pm.