Seattle mayor, facing child sexual abuse allegations, will resign

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Murray's fifth accuser is Joseph Dyer, an Air Force veteran with no criminal record who is a younger cousin of Murray's. His resignation will be effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"I feel victory, but saddened that it required another victim to come forward for him to resign".

Harrell added the city "must focus on governance and day-to-day business without distraction," saying he has a plan in place for a "seamless transition".

Murray has served as Seattle's mayor since 2014.

"This political effort to end my public career may have looked like it succeeded, but today I can say to those who were behind this, you were not successful".

Ms. Moon, in a statement, thanked Mr. Murray for "finally stepping up and doing the right thing".

Durkan's statement calling for Murray's resignation arrived in KIRO 7's inbox less than an hour before Murray announced that he was resigning.

"We do believe you and we are here for you", said Simpson, who also had a message for Murray.

The lawsuit was dropped in June with the intention of refiling after Murray's term in office, as the mayor announced he would not be seeking re-election.

But his remaining support deteriorated after the latest allegations emerged Tuesday. "I guess they see me down and out, and they want to finish me off", said Murray as quoted by the Times.

Murray was quoted in the original story as saying he still meant to serve out the remainder of his term.

"I did not sexually abuse any of her children", Murray told the Times. "There's been numerous fights between our two families for many years, and much ugliness". He chose to do so, and I think that was the right decision.

The mayor, for his part, says the new allegation is false, and criticized the Times for covering this.

"I am just so happy", said Simpson, 49, one the first people to publicly accuse Murray of sexual abuse.

This is not the first allegation of sexual abuse leveled at the longtime Seattle politician, who was elected the city's mayor in 2013; four other men have come forward since April with allegations that they were sexually abused by Murray in the 1908s when they were minors.

During his 18 years as a state lawmaker, Murray was the prime sponsor of Washington's gay marriage law, spearheaded an effort to protect LGBTQ youth in public schools and led the state's push to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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