Oregon AG: No Charges Against Portland Mayor Sam Adams
June 22, 2009 by Bryan
Attorney General John Kroger said today that he will not pursue criminal charges against Portland Mayor Sam Adams after investigators couldn’t confirm accounts from a former legislative intern.
In a 17-page report, Kroger’s staff said they couldn’t find any independent evidence to confirm Beau Breedlove’s account that he kissed Adams twice romantically in 2005 when the younger man was underage.
State investigators said they uncovered no other witnesses, documents, physical evidence, e-mails, phone records, or notes to corroborate Breedlove’s claims. The lack of evidence left the case hinging on Breedlove’s credibility as a witness. State investigators said they had “significant questions” about Breedlove’s account.
“Here, there are serious questions about the credibility of Breedlove’s account, due to his prior inconsistent statements, the lack of corroborating witnesses or evidence, his attempt to gain personally from matters related to his involvement with Adams and his prior criminal record,” the report states.
“Accordingly, we have concluded there is insufficient evidence to charge, let alone convict, Adams with illegal sexual contact with a minor.”