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Seattle Mayor Quits Amid Multiple Allegations Of Sexually Abusing Boys

Seattle Mayor Quits Amid Multiple Allegations Of Sexually Abusing Boys

His announcement Tuesday came after The Seattle Times reported that a fifth man - one of his cousins - had accused Murray of molesting him decades ago. It was fifth public accusation of abuse against Murray since April.

Joseph Dyer, now 54, is Murray's first cousin once removed.

Murray, a former Democratic state legislator elected mayor in 2013, said in a statement that he is resigning effective 5pm Wednesday.

Both Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan called for Murray to resign - months apart from one another. Murray has denied all allegations and said that this is part of a plot to bring him down due to his progressive views and stance on gay rights, and the latest allegation is from an estranged member of his family.

This was after a child welfare report was filed in the state of OR with the claims.

"This political effort to end my public career may have looked like it succeeded, but today I can say to those who were behind this, you were not successful". I have always wished him well as mayor even when I disagreed with his policies.

Durkan, a former USA attorney, had accepted Murray's endorsement and had previously declined to call for his resignation. Murray did not plan to seek re-election for another term. "I'm very proud that many, numerous previous mayors have endorsed me", Durkan said. A Portland child welfare official concluded Murray likely did sexually abuse Simpson, but he was never criminally charged, according to the Seattle Times.

A friend of Heckard's, Maurice Lavon Jones, 44, of Seattle, also claimed Murray paid him for sex when he was a crack-addicted teenage prostitute living on the streets in the 1980s.

"I think the focus has to be on moving forward".

With regard to waiting until Tuesday to call for a resignation, Durkan said, "I believe in due process and I believe that people should have their say, and I think the people who've come forward, I've said before, I feel for them".

Murray, 62, has worked for the Washington state legislature for almost 20 years, and a spokesman said that the Mayor would not field any questions from the press.

Moon on Tuesday reiterated her previous criticisms, saying the mayor's response to the allegations had been "deeply inappropriate and harmful, especially to survivors, LGBTQ people and young people everywhere".

In 1984, an Oregon Child Protective Services caseworker determined that Murray abused a child in the foster system, though no criminal charges were filed. "I don't know. But this definitely - this is a major step in the right direction".


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