Seattle's Gay Democratic Mayor Resigns After 5th Sexual Abuse Allegation

By Michael W. Chapman | September 12, 2017 | 5:38 PM EDT

Former Democratic Seattle Mayor

Ed Murray, right, and his "husband," 

Michael Shiosaki, who works for the

Seattle Parks and Recreation

Department. (Twitter) 

( -- Now that a fifth allegation of sexual abuse has been leveled against the gay "married" mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, the beleagured Democrat and prominent LGBT leader announced his resignation, effective today. Murray announced earlier this year, as sexual abuse claims mounted, that he would not seek reelection but would serve out his term.

Murray, 62, has denied all allegations of sexual abuse of boys but yesterday his own cousin, Joseph Dyer, came forward and claimed that Murray allegedly had repeatedly molested him in the 1970s, as the Seattle Times reported

In the 1970s, Murray shared a bedroom with Dyer in the home of Dyer's mother in Medford, New York. "There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didn't want him touching me," Dyer, who was 13 at the time of the alleged abuse, told the Seattle Times. Joseph Dyer is now 54, married, has children, and is an Air Force veteran. 

According to Dyer's mother, Maryellen Sottile, several months after Ed Murray moved out, Joseph Dyer went to her and revealed that he apparently had been abused. "It's a painful thing for a parent to go through because I wanted to protect all my children." she said. "And here is this man, came into my home, and he did these terrible things to my son."

In his resignation statement today, Ed Murray said, "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." 

Earlier reporting by on this topic can be viewed here and here

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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman