According to the Oregonian, Matt Hennessee sexually abused a young female relative over a decade ago. Hennessee has been rumored to be a candidate for public office - from county chair to Congress to mayor. He recently departed his post as chair of the Portland Development Commission and is the CEO of QuikTrak Inc.
Prosecutors declined to press charges in 1993 because Hennessee, the teenager and her mother refused to cooperate. But in recent interviews and a signed statement to The Oregonian, the woman, now 29, says Hennessee abused her "several times per week" from age 12 or 13 to 16.
According to the Oregonian, Hennessee admitted his conduct in an email to the woman, now age 29.
The woman also provided two e-mails that she says Hennessee sent in January 2003, after she decided to break off contact with him. In the long missives, Hennessee apologized twice for sexually abusing her, adding that he "never sexually abused anyone before you and never have since then."
Hennessee, who was about 29 to 33 at the time of the alleged abuse, did not dispute the e-mails. In his statement, he said he does not "begrudge anyone for sharing with you private and privileged e-mails." He said they were written "with the intent of aiding our healing process."