Sunday, November 23, 2014

More Drama: HRC Co-Founder Terry Bean used Grindr to meet the 15-Year-Old Boy

Lord, the soap opera drama continues for accused HRC co-founder Terry Bean.

New info reveals that Terry and ex-boyfriend, Kiah Lawson met the minor on Grindr. Quick rewind, Terry is being investigated over trying to hook up with a 15-year-old boy. The ex-boyfriend reported all of this to the cops, however, he's in the mix as well.

Here's more:

Bean and Lawson are accused of setting up an encounter with the teen through the iPhone app Grindr, a mobile social network that helps men find "local gay, bi and curious guys for dating.'' The app advertises, "Meet the men nearest you with GPS.'' Bean, 66, and Lawson, 25, are accused of having sex with the boy at a Eugene hotel on Sept. 27, 2013. A Lane County grand jury indicted both on two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sexual abuse. 
On Friday afternoon, Lawson pleaded not guilty to the three-count indictment in Lane County Circuit Court. Bean, who posted bail, is set to appear in court Dec. 3. "The surprising thing to me is Kiah was indicted in this case because it was Kiah who helped authorities find this kid,'' said Jeffrey Dickey, Lawson's attorney at the time. "If someone is going to cooperate and be helpful for the police there should be some kind of reward for that. It could have a chilling effect on others coming forward.''

Here's more on the Bean and Lawson drama:

The Lane County indictments follow a tumultuous relationship between Bean, 66, and Lawson, 25, that unraveled after Lawson discovered Bean had a hidden camera in the bedroom of his Southwest Portland home in the West Hills, according to Dickey.

Lawson had found Bean was surreptitiously videotaping his sexual encounters with Lawson and a handful of other men, Dickey said. The falling out led to each taking out restraining orders against the other earlier this year, and Bean trying to evict Lawson from Bean's Jantzen Beach condo.

Bean and Lawson met in 2013. Soon, Lawson was living in the condo and was paid about $400 a week by Bean, according to Dickey and Lawson's restraining order against Bean. Lawson accompanied Bean on several trips, to his Palm Springs' home, to a meeting with President Obama at the White House, to the Dominican Republic and Italy, Dickey said.

"Kiah was totally sucked into this world with this 'jet setter,''' Dickey said.

Yet jealousies developed, and Lawson one morning went looking through Bean's iPad, left near a nightstand in the bedroom of Bean's West Hills home, Dickey said. Lawson found images from security cameras around the house. He looked further, according to Dickey, and found more images from Bean's bedroom of sexual encounters between him and Bean, and Bean with at least a half-dozen other men.

Here are my questions:
Why was this this boy on Grindr? And did he use his real age?
What kind of rules does Grindr have on minors using the app?
Did the ex realize he was going down too?

I tell you, this mess is too much.


1 comment:

Hun†ress said...

You have some really good questions here. I haven't read the law, but if the minor in question lied about his age both on Grindr and in person before the act occurred, then Bean may walk or get a very light sentence if convicted.

On the other hand, if Bean knew he was only 15 and pursued him, throw the book at him. Hard.

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