Seattle's mayor resigns after child sex-abuse allegations

Seattle's mayor resigns after child sex-abuse allegations

Seattle's mayor resigns after child sex-abuse allegations

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his resignation on Tuesday after the latest sexual abuse allegation against him.

"I felt it was wrong and I felt dirty", he said, claiming that Murray "told me it would be OK and it would be our secret and not to tell anybody".

'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 in the public statement.

"But it has also become clear to me that in light of the latest news reports it is best for the city if I step aside", Murray said. The Seattle Times broke the story shortly after 11 a.m. when Murray was expected to announce a plan for KeyArena.

Five men have come forward to accuse Murray of sexually abusing them as children.

As mayor, he pushed to raise the city's minimum hourly wage to $15. One previous allegation, from a former foster child, led to the state of OR finding Murray had likely accused the boy and prohibiting him from fostering more children.

City Councilmember Bruce Harrell will become mayor and will decide within five days whether to fill out the remainder of the term, the statement says. "During this time Director of Operations Fred Podesta has been tasked with leading the transition".

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Dyer is a 54-year-old dialysis technician and Air Force veteran.

He has consistently denied the accusations, calling them politically motivated. He withdrew that lawsuit, but is claiming the city owes him damages because Murray used his office to defame him.

Murray has denied the allegations, and he blamed Dyer's on bad relations between their families. "And that's when he would molest me". I do not know any of the other victims mentioned in this statement, and I am not part of any conspiracy. "I am Murray's cousin".

On Tuesday afternoon, Murray, 62, revealed he would not be seeking another term under the state.

But Murray, a nationally known champion of gay rights and progressive causes, had resisted calls to resign.

He claimed the molestation ended after a boy at Little Flower said Murray committed abuse.

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