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Sam Adams Admits Sexual Affair With 18-Year-Old

Portland Mayor
Sam Adams Admits Sexual Affair With 18-Year-Old


Newly elected Portland, Oregon mayor Sam Adams has admitted to a sexual affair with an 18-year-old. Portland is the largest U.S. city with an openly gay mayor.

Newly elected Portland, Ore., mayor Sam Adams, inaugurated earlier this month, has admitted to a sexual affair with an 18-year-old, after previously denying it. Adams, the city's first openly gay chief executive, formerly said his relationship with Beau Breedlove was platonic, Willamette Week reports.

"I want to publicly acknowledge I made a mistake and apologize for it," Adams told the paper on Monday from Washington, D.C., where he was attending inaugural events. "In the past, I've characterized my relationship with Beau Breedlove as purely nonsexual and that is not true."

Breedlove was a 17-year-old high school senior in Salem when he met Adams, then 42, in the spring of 2005, when Adams visited Salem, according to Willamette Week. They got together a few more times in Portland before Breedlove's 18th birthday on June 25. Adams and a friend attended the young man's birthday party in Salem, the paper reports.

The relationship would later come up in 2007 during Adams's mayoral campaign, and at the time he insisted his connection with Breedlove was platonic. But on Monday he apologized for not being truthful then.

"I should have been honest at the time when this first surfaced in 2007. But I didn't believe that given the way that rumors were being spread -- about whether I had broken the law by having sex with a minor -- that people would believe me," Adams told Willamette Week.

Adams, who served as chief of staff to former Portland mayor Vera Katz from 1992 to 2003, insists that his relationship with Breedlove did not become sexual until the young man turned 18.

A Website dedicated to the recall of mayor Adams has already popped up online. Adams has said he would consider resigning if he could not win back the support of voters. Adult Website published photos lifted from Breedlove's MySpace page before he made it private on Tuesday. (

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