Seattle Mayor Sex Abuse Allegations

Tim Burgess, left, a citywide member of the Seattle City Council, talks to reporters at Seattle City Hall, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray announced his resignation Tuesday after one of his cousins came forward and accused him of sexual abuse decades ago. Murray said he would step down effective 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Ted S. Warren

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, beset over the past five months by sex abuse allegations, is set to resign, bringing an ignoble end to a lengthy political career in which he championed gay rights and better pay for workers.

His announcement that he plans to resign came after The Seattle Times reported that a fifth man — one of his cousins — had accused Murray of molesting him decades ago. Though he has vehemently denied all of the accusations against him, Murray, a Democrat, had already decided not to seek re-election.

The latest allegations came from Joseph Dyer, the son of Murray's first cousin, Maryellen Sottile. Dyer told the newspaper he was 13 and Murray was in his early 20s when Murray came to live with Dyer's family in Medford, New York, in 1975.


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