AG's probe clears Portland mayor

Chris Rizo Jun. 22, 2009, 1:40pm

John Kroger (D)

Sam Adams (D)

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said Monday that there is no evidence that Portland Mayor Sam Adams broke the law when he had a relationship with a minor.

The Democratic attorney general made the announcement at a state Capitol press conference.

Adams, who is openly gay, admitted in January to lying when he denied having a sexual relationship with a former teenage legislative intern.

Adams, 45, said Beau Breedlove was 17 when they met in 2005, and that the relationship did not turn sexual until the boy turned 18.

Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk and Portland Chief of Police Rosanne Sizer had asked Kroger to investigate the matter to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.

Adams has said he did not admit to the relationship out of fear Portland voters would not believe that he and Breedlove did not become intimate until the intern turned 18.

Adams, who became mayor this year, has resisted calls by the city's media to resign.

Adams was until recently protected from ouster since Oregon law bars mayoral recalls until the official has been in office for at least six months.

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