Since Delvonn Heckard filed a lawsuit in early April, four other men have come forward to publicly accuse Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexual abuse. All claim Murray abused them decades ago as teenagers.
The fifth man — Murray’s younger cousin Joseph Dyer, 54— is the latest accuser, saying Murray repeatedly molested him as a teenager in the 1970s when the two shared a bedroom in Dyer’s mother’s home in the Long Island town of Medford, New York.
Murray has vehemently denied the accusations as some have called for him to resign.
Here are the five men who have come forward.
Ed Murray’s accusers
Delvonn Heckard, 46, is a college student and recovering addict who lives in Kent. Heckard says he was a 15-year-old drug addict on Capitol Hill when he met Murray in 1986. Heckard claims Murray paid him for sex more than 50 times over about a four-year period in his teens. He also filed and withdrew a civil lawsuit against Murray in 2017, but says he plans to refile. Heckard filed a tort claim against the city of Seattle in July 2017.
Jeff Simpson, 49, is a public roads-crew worker who lives in Gladstone, Oregon. He is also a recovering addict. Simpson met Murray while he was growing up in a Portland group home for troubled children in the late 1970s, and later lived with Murray as his foster son. Simpson claims Murray began sexually abusing him when he was 13, and later paid him for sex over several years in the early 1980s.
Lloyd Anderson, 52, of Navarre, Florida, is a retired restaurant worker and a registered sex offender. Anderson knew Murray while growing up in a Portland group home for troubled children in the late 1970s. He claims Murray paid him for sex on several occasions beginning when Anderson was 16 or 17.
Maurice Lavon Jones, 44, of Seattle, is in King County Jail on drug charges. He says he was a drug-addicted street prostitute in the late 1980s when he was introduced to Murray by Heckard. Jones claims Murray paid him for sex on at least two occasions when Jones was a teenager.
Joseph Dyer, 54, is a dialysis technician and a nursing student. Dyer’s location is being withheld by The Seattle Times at his request. Dyer is Murray’s first cousin, once removed. He says Murray repeatedly molested him in the mid-1970s when he came to live with Dyer and his family in Medford, New York, before Murray left town amid accusations that he molested a boy at a Catholic group home.
A younger cousin of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has become the fifth man to accuse the longtime politician of sexual abuse.
[…]“I am announcing my resignation as mayor, effective at 5 p.m. tomorrow,” Murray said in a statement. “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.”
“I’m proud of all that I have accomplished over my 19 years in the Legislature, where I was able to pass what were at the time the largest transportation packages in state history, a landmark gay civil rights bill and a historic marriage equality bill.
Joseph Dyer, 54, said he was 13 years old when Murray sexually assaulted him for a year while they shared a bedroom in Dyer’s mother’s home on Long Island, New York in the 1970s.
Democrat Mayor Ed Murray was accused of sexually abusing his foster son in a 1984 investigation. Child Protective Services also asserted “under no circumstances should Mr. Murray be certified” as a foster parent in the future.”
An Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded that Ed Murray sexually abused his foster son in the early 1980s, leading state officials to assert that “under no circumstances should Mr. Murray be certified” as a foster parent in the future, according to public records obtained by The Seattle Times.
The investigation by Oregon Child Protective Services (CPS) of Jeff Simpson’s allegations determined them to be valid — meaning the agency believed Murray sexually abused Simpson, the records show.
“In the professional judgement of this caseworker who has interviewed numerous children of all ages and of all levels of emotional disturbance regarding sexual abuse, Jeff Simpson has been sexually abused by … Edward Murray,” CPS caseworker Judy Butler wrote in the May 1984 assessment.
A lawsuit alleges Seattle mayor Ed Murray, who has defended the city’s policy of refusing to turn over illegal alien criminals to federal authorities, raped drug-addicted, teenaged boys.
A 46-year-old plaintiff, identified as D.H., claims that he met Murray on a bus and Murray allegedly “propositioned” him for “private visits” at his apartment. D.H., who says he was 15 and addicted to drugs at the time, claims Murray allegedly requested he perform sexual acts in exchange for $10 to $20 dollars. According to the Seattle Times, the alleged victim is coming forward as part of a “healing process”:
“I have been dealing with this for over 30 years,” the man, now sober for a year, said in an interview with The Seattle Times. He said he was coming forward as part of a “healing process” after years of “the shame, the embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation that I put myself through and that he put me through.”
A spokesman for Murray declared he will “vigorously fight these allegations in court.” Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that the Seattle mayor allegedly sexually abused others “as children”:
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a nationally famous champion of gay rights and progressive causes, has been accused by three men of having sex with them as children…
The unnamed plaintiff and two other men gave interviews to the Seattle Times — all telling similar stories about a politico in his late 20s and 30s, who befriended street kids, paid them and had his way with them.
“I don’t necessarily think that he destroyed my life,” Jeff Simpson told the newspaper after describing years of molestation from age 13 on. “But I believe a lot of the problems I have stemmed from this.”
The lawsuit states that Murray met a homeless, addicted 15-year-old, ‘D.H.’, on a bus, which began with a friendly interaction. It quickly turned into the teen doing whatever Murray wanted him to do for $10 or $20. In the interview with The Seattle-Times, ‘D.H.’ said that he would be doing whatever sexual act Murray wanted him to do, and that he would tell him to stop but he wouldn’t stop.
The statute of limitations for charging Murray with rape of a child has run out, so a lawsuit was the only option. The lawsuit mentions explicit details of the sexual encounters between Murray and ‘D.H.’, and matches details given by another teen, who did not sue, with the last name of Anderson.
Anderson said that Murray would give him $30 and some marijuana.in exchange for oral sex.
Another teen who is now grown, who did sue, with the last name of Simpson, said that he lived with Murray off and on for several years. He also said that he reported the molestation to his group home manager once, after an argument in 1984, but nothing came of it. Police investigated a report of sodomy also in 1984, but the investigation was dropped for unknown reasons.