Mayor set to announce he's staying

Mayor set to announce he's staying

PORTLAND, Ore. - Mayor Sam Adams is telling city officials he plans to announce Sunday that he will stay in office despite calls for him to step down after admitting he lied about a sexual relationship with a teenager.

City Commissioner Randy Leonard has told several news organizations that he received a phone message from Adams Sunday morning saying he planned to stay on.

In the message, the mayor said he deserved "due process" and planned to remain in office regardless of what Leonard thought about him, Leonard told the Willamette Week newspaper.

Two other commissioners told The Oregonian newspaper that Adams also told them he planned to stay.

The first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city met separately with the four city commissioners on Saturday to privately discuss his political future just three weeks after being sworn in.

The mayor's decision came the same day as The Oregonian newspaper published details from an exclusive interview with the young man at the center of the scandal, Beau Breedlove.

In that interview, Breedlove told the paper he and Adams kissed on two separate occasions - including once in a City Hall bathroom - when he was just 17. But Breedlove insisted there was no sexual relationship between the two before he was 18, the age of consent.

Breedlove reportedly told the paper that he knew what he was doing and that he never felt like a victim.

However, Breedlove's account adds new details about the relationship that Adams did not mention in a Tuesday press conference after the scandal broke, in which the mayor said he was trying to come clean.

In that press conference, Adams publicly apologized for lying about his sexual relationship with Breedlove in 2005 as Adams began his campaign for mayor in 2007. He said he lied because he didn't think people would believe him when he said the teen was 18 during their brief sexual relationship.

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has agreed to launch a criminal investigation into the matter.

Meanwhile, Adams on Sunday could not be immediately reached for confirmation that he planned to remain in office.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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