Sam Adams Officially Off the Hook for Canoodling With Beau Breedlove

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Portland’s Mayor Sam Adams stood accused of lying to investigators about his relationship with Beau Breedlove back when Adams was city commissioner and Breedlove was an intern in a different department. Investigators had a reason to suspect Adams was lying about the extent of their relationship, and whether it took place before or after Breedlove turned 18: Adams admitted lying about the relationship before. But after all the fracas between Adams and the attorney general, it appears the case is closed — and Adams is in the clear.

At first, Breedlove was soaking up the attention from the sex scandal, stripping down for the magazine Unzipped and granting interviews. Then he clammed up and started running from the press.

As for Adams, whose contradictory statements to Attorney General John Kroger’s camp led them to think he was lying about the whole thing, he faced (still faces?) a recall effort from voters, though he’s putting on a public face of “all’s good.”

With the nod from Kroger’s office that the investigation is dead in the water, and that Adams won’t face criminal charges, it looks like that may be true. And after interviewing 57 witnesses for the investigation, what did the attorney general’s office learn? Well, nothing concrete. Willamette Week sums things up:

1) Did Adams have sexual intercourse with Breedlove before he turned 18?

The report: Adams and Breedlove both deny any sexual intercourse before Breedlove’s 18th birthday on June 25, 2005. The investigation found no witness testimony or other evidence to contradict those claims.

2) Did Adams have sexual contact with Breedlove before he turned 18?

The report: There was no evidence to corroborate Breedlove’s claims that Adams kissed him twice before Breedlove turned 18 — once while driving to the train station or a second time in a City Hall bathroom. Investigators also said Breedlove suffers from credibility problems because of “prior inconsistent statements, financial gain and prior felony conviction …”

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  • galefan2004

    It is very hard to prove statutory rape without independent witnesses. That being said, I am so sick of 35 year old men going after 17 and 18 year old kids.

  • HayYall

    @galefan2004: How do feel about 18 year old kids going after 35 year old men?

  • galefan2004

    @HayYall: I did it when I was 18. All my friends made fun of me for doing it when I was 18. Personally, I am against it, but I understand the drive of the 18 year old to go after the older guy. I think the older guy, who has more experience and can think more rationally, should have more control over who he is with.

  • andy_d

    @galefan2004: Remember, in the U.S. the age of consent is 18.

    What I have a serious problem with is traditional pederasty and other forms of sexual molestation/exploitation of underaged youth.

    As an older gay man, I prefer a partner who is considerably more emothionally mature.

  • galefan2004

    @andy_d: I know what the age of consent is although I would never touch anyone of that age. My friend tried to fix me up with a 19 year old, and I told her that was way to young.

  • Sam

    @andy_d: Actually, in many states, the age of consent is 16 or 17. I seem to remember during my teen years (in the ’90’s) there was one state where it was 14.

    @galefan2004: If Sam Adams is only 35, I’ll eat my own eyeball.

  • Sam

    @Sam: Not to say I think 35 year-olds should go for 18 year-olds. An friend once told me the youngest you should go is half your age plus seven, which I think is a good lower limit.

  • schlukitz

    For all you “older” guys who swear that you would never, ever (perish the thought)think of touching someone who was less than half your age, plus 7 (wherever the fuck that numerical concoction came from, let me ask you this?

    Do any of you know of an older man who left his older wife for an older woman? I can’t think of one.

    Food for thought!

  • Michael W.

    He’s off the hook until the next election.

  • Bitch, Please!

    @SCHLUKITZ: I know of several, but I will give you the best known example: Prince Charles and Camilla Bowles Parker! By most accounts he connected with her because they were closer in age and so had more in common than with Princess Diana. This IS the reason behind most successful relationships between “evolved” people who realized that there is more to life than just sex. Besides, sex between two people who love and care about each other is always more satisfying than when it is with a flash in the pants.

  • Bitch, Please!

    Mayor Adams was a pervert and should have had the book thrown at him. I am so tired of so many older gay men trying to justify their unnatural infatuation with so called twinks who look like 12. It is time we called it for what it is: pedophilliac tendencies!

  • schlukitz

    @Bitch, Please!:

    All you have given me is one known example. The rest is all generalities.

    And who are you to say who is in love and who is not? I have been in a committed six and one-half year relationship with a man who is 30 younger than me. Are you going now tell me that it is just, how did you put it, “A flash in the pants?’

    You assume an awful lot without any evidence.

  • Bitch, Please!

    @SCHLUKITZ: Being a regular john is not the same as in a “relationship”, sweetie!

  • marius

    When I was in my teens I hooked up with older guys. Granted, these weren’t relationships.

    There weren’t many opportunities to meet other guys my age because they weren’t out or maybe I was looking in the wrong places. But, it was always my choice. No one forced me to do anything. I didn’t tell them my age, I looked older than my age.

    BTW, why all the animus toward people over 30 on this board? Is this place like a Disney ride – you must be this age (young or pretending to be young) to get on? It is an epidemic here.

    Shock, you guys will get older. Oh my god.

  • schlukitz

    @Bitch, Please!:

    You know, you really should put brain in gear before putting mouth in motion.

    Your remark went way beyond just being snarky. It was rude and insulting. You know nothing about my life, much less about my finances.

    Nor, do I feel any need to explain anything about my life or my finances to the likes of you. You’re obviously not worth the effort. And, just for your information, my first relationship, at the age of 16, was with a man who was five years my senior…and before you rush to say it, he was not my John either.

    I did not take your posting name seriously when I first saw it.

    Now I do! It fits you so very well, Bitch!

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