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.
Bill de Blasio wants parades in his honor because he’s running the city so well. Maybe New York should replace Columbus Day with Bill de Blasio day, how about that?
( NY POST ) Mayor de Blasio claims he’s running the city so well that “you’d assume they’d be having parades out in the streets” — and insisted he’d be more popular if it weren’t for “the time in history.”
“When I think about how crime’s gone down for four years, graduation rates up, test scores are up, more jobs than ever in our history — I think, ‘Wow, just that quick profile, any candidate anywhere would want it,’ ” he boasted to New York magazine.
“You’d assume they’d be having parades out in the streets. But that’s not the time in history we’re living in,” he arrogantly added.
Berkley Mayor Jesse Arreguin was revealed to be a member of the anti-fascist group, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), on Facebook. BAMN orchestrated the violence that shut down a scheduled lecture at UC Berkeley featuring Milo Yiannopoulos in early 2017. Arreguin is allegedly also friends with BAMN leader, Yvette Felarca, on Facebook.
They were also involved in the violent clashes earlier this month.
BAMN was investigated for engaging in terrorist activities in 2005 by the FBI. In 2009, the Department of Defense classified the group’s activities as “low-level terrorism.” In June 2016, BAMN led a violent counter-protest outside a white nationalist rally that resulted in ten people being hospitalized with stab wounds.
Often described as a “militant left-wing” activist group, BAMN frequently engages in violent forms of protests. A Berkeley newspaper noted in 2001 that the group was a front for an “an obscure Detroit-based Trotskyist political party called the Revolutionary Workers League.”
Texas governor says he can’t reach Houston mayor – Mayor Will Not Talk to the Governor – Chicken – Abbott said Sunday he’d called Tuner’s cell phone “several times” to “let him know that, whatever he needs, the state of Texas will provide.” Abbott said he’d yet to hear back.
According to the U.S. Census 2000, the racial makeup of the city was 49.3% White (including Hispanic or Latino), 25.3% Black or African American
As of 2017, it has more than 2 million population.
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