Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after fifth sex abuse claim emerges

Maurice Lavon Jones claims Murray paid him for sex on at least two occasions as a teenager

The mayor announced his resignation just hours after the latest allegations came to light, the Seattle Times reported.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned Tuesday, just hours after new allegations that he sexually abused a younger cousin decades ago in NY.

"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 his statement.

Seattle City Council president Bruce Harrell will assume the position of mayor, and has five days from the start to decide whether to complete Murray's term.

It was Murray's cousin, Joseph Dyer, whose accusations that the mayor sexually abused him while they were sharing a room in NY in the 1970s, that resulted in Murray's decision to resign. 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.

"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". He has said in the past that accusations from four men were part of a right-wing political agenda to take him down.

The Seattle Times reports Heckard's friend, Maurice Lavon Jones, also claimed Murray paid him for sex while he was struggling with a crack addiction in the 1980s.

Now 54, the Air Force veteran says he was 13 when the abuse started. The lawsuit has since been withdrawn but Heckard has filed a claim for damages against the city of Seattle.

The Times reported that Murray denied these allegations as well, saying he did live with the family during that time period but didn't abuse Dyer.

"I am offering this declaration to rebut Murray's claims that he never molested a child and/or the allegations against him were concocted as some sort of right-wing conspiracy".

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

Murray was elected in 2014 after 18 years as a state lawmaker.

Murray has said repeatedly that he won't resign.

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