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Being Investigated For Possible Relationship With Minor

Portland Mayor
Being Investigated For Possible Relationship With Minor

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Oregon's attorney general has been asked to investigate whether Portland mayor Sam Adams had a sexual relationship with a former legislative intern while the intern was still a minor.

Oregon's attorney general has been asked to investigate whether Portland mayor Sam Adams had a sexual relationship with a former legislative intern when the intern was a minor. Portland police chief Rosie Sizer made the request by letter to Atty. Gen. John Kroger, according to The Oregonian.

During the mayoral campaign in 2007, Adams denied allegations of the relationship with Beau Breedlove, who was 17 when the two reportedly met in 2005. Adams admitted to the affair last week, but said the relationship turned intimate only after Breedlove turned 18.

"As presented to the public, the facts could lead some to question whether criminal laws have been violated," Sizer wrote. "Without expressing any opinion as to whether they have, we have concluded that an investigation to answer that question is warranted." Sizer also urged that the examination remain impartial and that detectives higher than local police conduct the investigation.

Adams faces a possible felony charge of second-degree sexual abuse and misdemeanors of third-degree sexual abuse, contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor and sexual misconduct.

Adams was sworn in earlier this month, making him the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city. (Michelle Garcia, Advocate.com)

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