Willamette Week Exposes Former Governor's Sex with Minor

may 10, 2004  02:44 pm
Neil Goldschmidt admitted to sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s, when he was mayor of Portland, Ore. Under Oregon law, sex with a girl under 16 is considered third-degree rape. He told The Oregonian of Portland about the transgression after he learned that Willamette Week was preparing a story about it, Editor & Publisher reports. Goldschmidt was governor of Oregon from 1987-1991 and served as U.S. transportation secretary under President Carter. Recently, he stepped down as president of the Oregon Board of Higher Education, citing health problems.