Seattle Mayor to resign amid sex abuse allegations

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Ed Murray, the mayor of Seattle, announced his resignation Tuesday, after a fifth man came forward and accused him of sexual abuse decades ago.

Murray had announced earlier that he would not run for a second term.

He said today that he would step down effective Wednesday at 5pm. Four men had previously accused him of sexual abuse.

Murray's resignation announcement came after the The Seattle Times reported earlier the same day that a younger cousin of Murray had emerged as his latest accuser.

The Seattle Times reported the latest accuser, Joseph Dyer, is Murray's first cousin once removed.

Dyer told the paper he was 13 and that Murray was in his early 20s when Murray came to live with Dyer's family in Medford, NY and the alleged abuse happened.  

Dyer, age 54, is a dialysis technician and Air Force veteran.

Murray has denied every allegation.

Murray was elected mayor in 2013 after being a long-time Democrat state lawmaker.  He led the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state.

As mayor he made efforts to raise the city's minimum hourly wage to $15.

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