2017-04-10 06:44:50 UTC
Washington. Mayor Ed Murray, 61, is accused of raping teenage
boys since the 1980s. A lawsuit was filed this week against
Murray where a victim stated that the mayor first sexually
assaulted him when he was just 15 and a high school dropout. The
man, now 46, claimed that the mayor paid him $10 to $20 for each
encounter that went on several times as he struggled with a
The victim only identified by the initials D.H. in court filings
stated to the Seattle Times, I have been dealing with this for
over 30 years, and came forward recently as part of his healing
process. But the allegations are not new against Mayor Murray.
Two other men have also come forward with the same allegations
and one even went to the police when he was a teen. The men,
identified as Jeff Simpson and Lloyd Anderson, accused Murray of
abusing them in the 1980s and paying them for sex and said
theyd be willing to testify about it. Simpson, 49, said Murray
who he thought of as a father raped him over several years,
starting at age 13, and in later years, paid him.
I would really like for him to admit it and to take
responsibility, Simpson told media recently. In 1984, one of
the victims talked to a social worker and to a detective about
the abuse. At that time, charges of a felony third-degree sodomy
charge developed but the prosecutors declined to bring the case
forward. Because the assault occurred so long ago, all records
from that era have more than likely been destroyed. Murray is
running for re-election and his camp claims that the lawsuit is
Murrays personal spokesman Jeff Reading stated, These false
accusations are intended to damage a prominent elected official
who has been a defender of vulnerable populations for decades.
It is not a coincidence that this shakedown effort comes within
weeks of the campaign filing deadline. These unsubstantiated
assertions, dating back three decades, are categorically false.
Reading went on to say in a statement The two older accusations
were promoted by extreme right-wing anti-gay activists in the
midst of the marriage equality campaign and were thoroughly
investigated and dismissed by both law enforcement authorities
and the media.
The age of legal consent in Washington is 16; having sex with
anyone younger is considered rape of a child under state law.
The statute of limitations on any crime would have expired.