By: Jack MacNamara, Staff Writer

SEATTLE, WA — It was as  some say was expected after hours of the Seattle Times published allegations made by a fifth boy who happens to be the younger cousin of Mayor Ed Murray, where the man accused Murray of sexually abusing him as a young boy. Ed Murray announced that he was resigning as mayor effective Wednesday afternoon.

54-year-old Joseph Dyer says that Ed Murray forced him to have sex with him when he was only 13 back when the two shared a bedroom in Dyer’s home in the mid-1970s. Murray was already under fire and calls for his resignation when 4 other men claimed that Murray molested them when they were young boys. Dyer is now the fifth man to come forward to accuse Murray of sexually abusing him as a child since April 2017.

The openly now resigned in disgrace mayor had been the mayor of Seattle since 2013.   He previously served in the Washington state legislature. Stepping into the seat as mayor will be City Council-member Bruce Harrell who will decide over the next five days whether or not to serve out Murray’s remaining term or call for a special election.

The Seattle Times received a statement from one of the other accusers of Murray, Lloyd Anderson, who released the following statement following Murray’s resignation:

“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.”

Ed Murray was spotted in his office earlier today but did not address his staff over his decision prior to his announcement to step down.


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