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Gay teen activist honored by Obama indicted for sexual misconduct with a minor

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Caleb Laieski, an openly gay teen who was honored last year by President Obama at a White House "gay pride" dinner, has been indicted in Arizona on more than a dozen counts of sexual misconduct with a minor under the age of 15, according to a report published last week on Life Site News. Laieski, 18, was 17 at the time of the alleged abuse.

The report says the alleged victim in the case, who was not indentified because he is a minor, was a close friend of Laieski. The two met on TrevorSpace, a social media site for children and young adults aged 13-24 who have an interest in homosexuality. The victim was 14 when the alleged abuse occured. The victim told investigators the sex was consensual, but that he felt “pressured” to participate. Arizona law says no one younger than 15 is capable of giving consent.

Authorities say Laieski is also considered a victim in the case, due to the fact that some of the charges came as a result of a three-way sexual encounter between Laieski, the 14-year-old vicitm and 43-year-old Chris Wilson. Wilson, an openly homosexual Phoenix police officer, was arrested last year. Wilson is now in jail awaiting trial on the charges. Police say that although Laieski was a minor at the time of the alleged crimes, his participation in sex acts with the victim are a violation of state law. It is considered a crime in Arizona for older minors to have sexual contact with anyone under the age of 15.

Laieski was appointed in 2012 by Phoenix Greg Mayor Stanton as a "youth and diversity liaison." His role was to advise the mayor on matters of policy having to do with youth, particularly homosexual youth. He was an “advocate on loan,” meaning his salary was funded by an outside group, called "One in Ten," according to the Life Site News report.

Laieski became nationally known after he and a 35-year-old friend, Casey Cameron, sent e-mails to 5,000 Arizona schools in 2011 demanding special protections for gay students and threatening legal action if they failed to bring their policies in line with his demands. Laieski eventually dropped out of high school and obtained a GED. He later traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby for the Student Non-Discrimination Act.

According to the report, Officer Wilson met the boys while serving as a liaison officer to the gay community as a member of the Phoenix Police Department’s Community Response Squad. The report also says Wilson had known Laieski for about three years at the time of his arrest, but had only recently met the 14-year-old victim when all three attended an event at the Phoenix Arts Center.

The report cites police records that say part of Laieski's job was to represent the mayor’s office at local homosexual protests, and that is how he met Wilson, who was assigned as the officer in charge of policing such events.

The alleged sexual misconduct between the three occurred late in 2012 at Laieski’s apartment, where the 14-year-old was also staying. The report says Laieski told investigators that the vicitm's mother wanted them to “be together as a couple” and would often drop her son off for “weeks at a time” at Laieski's apartment.

According to the report investigators at first believed Laieski was only a victim in the case, but police records say that Laieski actively pressured the 14-year-old not to tell anyone about the abuse in order to protect his reputation, even after the younger boy became suicidal.

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