The 17-year-old alleged victim in the sex-abuse case against Portland developer and Democratic Party activist Terry Bean has gone missing, prosecutors told a Lane County judge this morning.
The Register-Guard in Eugene reports that the missing teenager could delay or derail Bean's Aug. 11 trial for two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and one count of sexual abuse in the third degree, a misdemeanor.
"We're continuing to put all available resources toward that issue," Clackamas County Deputy District Attorney Scott Healy told The Register-Guard this morning.
Bean disclosed in court records July 2 that he reached a settlement with his accuser, a 17-year-old boy who was 15 when the crimes allegedly occured in 2013.
In response filings, prosecutors say the settlement Bean has reached with this alleged victim includes a cash payment.
But Lane County Circuit Court Judge Charles M. Zennache rejected the compromise July 16, saying Bean must stand trial.
UPDATE, 5:15 pm: Bean's attorney Derek Ashton issued a brief statement to WW: "As we have been saying since day one, Terry Bean is innocent and we are preparing for trial."