Terry Bean, lawyer both arrested

Crime

Both arrested on warrants out of Lane County

Terry Bean, left, Derek Ashton, October 30, 2019 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Terry Bean, the high-profile Democratic donor and activist, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Portland police, hours after his lawyer was also arrested.

The 71-year-old was arrested in connection with a Lane County Circuit Court warrant and taken to the Multnomah County Jail.

The warrant, issued January 22, 2019, states Bean was wanted on 2 counts of 3rd-degree sodomy — both felonies — and a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge. (The arrest warrant is at the bottom of this article.)

Bean’s lawyer, Derek Ashton, was arrested in connection with his representation of Bean in a 2015 sex abuse case.

Ashton was booked shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday into Multnomah County jail in connection with a Lane County warrant on suspicion of violating Oregon’s computer crime statute, according to county records, the Portland Tribune reported.

Portland police worked with the Lane County district attorney to investigate whether Ashton, now a prominent Portland defense lawyer, paid a victim in Bean’s case to make it go away. The earlier case, prosecuting the prominent Democratic donor and gay marriage activist over an alleged hotel-room encounter with a 15-year-old boy in Eugene, collapsed when the victim could not be located to testify.

Read more about Ashton’s arrest in the Portland Tribune.

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