October 11, 2005

Christian Coalition leader steps back after allegations

The Oregonian

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
SALEM -- The chairman of the Christian Coalition of Oregon said he will "withdraw from public life" until sexual abuse accusations made against him by three female family members have been resolved.

Louis Beres, 70, denied any criminal conduct in a statement posted Monday on www.coalition.org. Beres said he will pursue "the Biblical response" and do all within his power "to reconcile with that person."

He added: "Even Christ refused to be called 'good.' Who am I to proclaim my righteousness?"

Beres didn't respond to messages on Monday. In his statement, Beres blamed a nephew for spreading false information.

Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk told The Oregonian on Saturday that authorities are investigating complaints that Beres molested three relatives when they were in their pre-teens.

Posted by kshaw at October 11, 2005 06:55 AM