A co-founder of the nation's leading LGBT rights organization on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually abusing a minor.

Terry Bean's lawyer, Kristen Winemiller, said that her client is the victim of an extortion plot.

“Terry absolutely did not have sex with a minor,” Winemiller was quoted by KGW-TV as saying during Bean's arraignment. “The circumstances behind this are not what they appear to be.”

“He has been the victim of a series of crimes perpetrated by a group of men that includes his so-called ex-partner and now co-defendant, Kiah Lawson,” she added. “We are eager to represent the facts to the court and clearing Terry's name.”

In June, Lawson, told Willamette Week that Bean, a real estate developer, had secretly recorded him and at least a half dozen men “in a state of nudity engaged in intimate acts with [Bean].” There were also allegations that Bean tried to silence Lawson with $40,000.

Bean was arrested at the conclusion of a five-month investigation. Police accuse the 66-year-old Bean of sexually abusing a 15-year-old young man. Lawson was also arrested and faces similar charges.

According to Willamette Week, Bean has given more than $1 million to the Human Rights Campaign and raised more money for President Barack Obama than any other Oregonian.