Thursday, August 17, 2006

A Christian conservative's legacy of child abuse

Another sexocrite bites the dust:

The longtime leader of the Oregon Christian Coalition and staunch opponent of gay rights admits in a newly released police report that he sexually touched three underage girls years ago, despite denials of such behavior to a newspaper.
Lou Beres denied sexual-molestation allegations when the Oregonian newspaper first reported them in October. But a Gresham (Ore.) Police Department report released as part of a lawsuit said Beres "readily admitted sexually touching" one girl when she was 13 or 14 years old.
Beres also acknowledged sexually touching a 16- or 17-year-old friend of his daughter in 1976 or 1977.
In March, Beres, 70, was sued in Multnomah County circuit court for $2.1 million by a relative who said he molested her repeatedly between 1963 and 1966.
Gresham police last fall investigated the allegations that Beres had molested underage family members. But Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Shrunk said the statute of limitations would prohibit any criminal charges because the allegations occurred so long ago.
However, other relatives expressed concern to police that the abuse continued for several years through more than one generation of the family, according to the report.
In a telephone call with an investigator, Beres "made admissions to three separate victims at three different times," the police report said. "All involved underage females. The offenses ranged from kissing to touching the breast of an underage girl.
Beres identified the victims as his sister-in-law and two friends of his daughters, said one of the investigators, according to Det. Lee Gosson of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department. "It should be noted that Mr. Beres said his activities with the girls were in a playful fashion," Gosson said. "I told him that the acts were sexual, and he agreed."
Kaempf said that in addition to disputing the statements in the police report, Beres also denied the allegations in the lawsuit. A hearing is scheduled next month on a motion by Kaempf to dismiss the lawsuit.
When asked about Beres's relationship with the Oregon Christian Coalition, Kaempf said Beres would ask the coalition to "file the necessary paperwork with the state to formalize Mr. Beres's resignation as its chairman."
The Oregon Christian Coalition shut its office last year and does not appear to have any paid staff. Tim Nashif of the anti-gay Oregon Family Council said the coalition is "not doing anything" in the state as far as he can see. Nashif noted that Beres, once active in Republican politics, got almost no support when he tried to win a seat on the Republican National Committee. (AP)
Beware of sexocrites who oppose lesbian and gay sexuality. It's as if their condemnation of a legit sexual minority whom they deride as an aberrant and immoral "lifestyle choice" (ignoring the scientific evidence that lesbian and gay sexuality is normal) magically rids them of their own disowned and chosen deviant behavior. Are all religious conservatives pedophiles? No, but to uncover sex offenders, let us scrutinize religious conservatives who denounce gays and lesbians. I can personally attest to the anti-gay perverts that populated my family's fundie church. Projection is a powerful tool for denial of a pervert's own crimes. See here and here and here.