Portland Mayor Cleared in Probe of Relationship with Teen Boy

June 22, 2009 - 4:11 PM
There's no credible evidence that Portland Mayor Sam Adams broke the law in his 2005 relationship with a teenager, Oregon's attorney general said Monday.
Salem, Ore. (AP) - There's no credible evidence that Portland Mayor Sam Adams broke the law in his 2005 relationship with a teenager, Oregon's attorney general said Monday.
 
Adams, who is openly gay, has admitted he lied while campaigning for mayor about his relationship with Beau Breedlove, but he denies that the two were involved in a sexual relationship before Breedlove was 18.
 
Attorney General John Kroger issued a report on his investigation into whether Adams had sexual contact with Breedlove before he turned 18, which would have been a misdemeanor.
 
Breedlove said he was 17 when he and Adams first kissed.
 
But Kroger's report, issued at a news conference that he concluded those accounts lacked corroborative evidence. His report also said Breedlove lacked credibility because of past inconsistent statements and a felony conviction, as well as evidence he sought financial gain from the scandal.
 
"At times, a responsible prosecutor may seek to charge an individual with a crime based solely on the uncorroborated testimony of a single witness," the report said. "However, a responsible prosecutor will do so only when there are no serious questions about the credibility of the witness's account."
 
Adams' office did not immediately comment on the report.
 
Efforts to reach Breedlove for comment through past attorneys were unsuccessful.
 
Adams is facing a recall effort pursued by a group that claims he subverted the democratic process with deceptive campaigning and abused his power. The group maintains the recall has nothing to do with Adams' sexual orientation.
 
Kroger also looked into whether Adams hired a reporter from the Portland Mercury for a position on his staff in an effort to cover up the relationship with Breedlove, but found no evidence to merit a criminal charge.