Seattle mayor resigns amid sexual abuse allegations

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced his resignation after a fifth man came forward and accused him of sexual abuse decades ago. 
 
Murray had already announced earlier that he would not seek a second term. 
 
He said Tuesday that he would step down effective 5 p.m. Wednesday. Four men had previously accused him of sexually abusing them.
 
The resignation came after the The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that a younger cousin of Murray, Joseph Dyer, had emerged as his latest accuser.
 
Dyer told the newspaper he was 13 and that Murray was in his early 20s when Murray came to live with Dyer's family in Medford, New York and the alleged abuse happened. 
 
Dyer is now a 54-year-old dialysis technician and Air Force veteran.
 
Murray has denied the allegations, and he blamed Dyer's on bad relations between their families.
 
Before being elected mayor in 2013 Murray was a long-time Democrat state lawmaker who led the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state. 
 
As mayor he pushed to raise the city's minimum hourly wage to $15. 
 
 
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