Oregon Christian Coalition Leader Accused As Sex Abuser
by Last Night in Little Rock
The Oregonian reported Sunday that "Louis Beres, longtime chairman of the Christian Coalition of Oregon, molested three female family members when they were pre-teens."
The Oregonian interviewed the family members, but Beres denies the allegations, a la Tom DeLay:
The Oregonian talked to three of Beres' female relatives, including two who told reporters that he molested them. All three said they have been interviewed for several hours by detectives.
"I was molested," said one of the women, now in her early 50s. "I was victimized, and I've suffered all my life for it. I'm still afraid to be in the same room with (Beres)."
Beres, 70, whose group champions socially conservative candidates and causes, confirmed he is under investigation for alleged molestation. He blamed "personal and political enemies" for the reports and said, "I never molested anybody."
Two of the alleged molestations occurred decades ago and likely would not result in criminal charges because state law limits prosecution of certain crimes. For example, the statute of limitations on sex abuse expires after six years.
One case, however, may fall within statutory timelines, authorities confirmed. That investigation involves a female family member who was allegedly molested by Beres when she was in elementary school, authorities said.
The organization Beres was connected with is a part of Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition.
"Beres is also former chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party." Multnomah County includes Portland.
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