By Art Moore
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (Photo: Creative Commons)
SEATTLE – Hours after the Seattle Times reported a fifth man has come forward with an accusation of child rape, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced his resignation.
The Times reported Tuesday morning the allegations by Murray’s cousin, Joseph Dyer, 54, who claimed he was 13 when Murray forced him into sex. The two shared a bedroom at Dyer’s mother’s home in Medford, New York, in the mid-1970s.
Murray, a Democrat who has made much of his status as a “gay” man married to a same-sex partner, continues to deny the charges, insisting they are politically motivated. But he announced in a statement he is resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday.
“While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business,” Murray said.
City Councilmember Bruce Harrell will assume the office and decide within five days whether to fill out the remainder of the term, which ends Dec. 31. Murray previously had decided to run for re-election, but he dropped out in in May in response to a lawsuit filed by one of the accusers, which was accompanied by the remarkably similar allegations of three other men.
The Times said one of the accusers, Lloyd Anderson, issued a statement Tuesday through his lawyer.
“I feel victory, but saddened that it required another victim to come forward for him to resign. I wonder how many other victims are out there,” he said.
The evidence against the mayor has mounted since the Times reported a local man, Delvonn Heckard, filed a lawsuit against Murray, claiming Murray raped and molested him when the man was a teenager. Jeff Simpson, 51, made similar accusations, and a fourth man, Maurice Lavon Jones, came forward in Click to see the original article