A younger cousin of Mayor Ed Murray became the fifth man to accuse Murray of sexual abuse, The Seattle Times reported Tuesday.
Joseph Dyer, 54, told The Seattle Times he was 13 (in the 1970s) when Murray "forced him into sex" for about a year at a time they were both living in the home of Dyer's mother. Dyer told The Times the molestation stopped after another boy at a Catholic group home where Murray worked made similar accusations. "According to Dyer, his uncle negotiated to get group-home officials not to pursue charges as long as Murray left," The Times wrote.
Murray again reportedly denied the claims and said he had no plans to resign. He has three and a half months left of his term.
Delvonn Heckard filed a lawsuit in April against Murray, alleging Murray paid him for sex starting when Heckard was 15 in the 1980s. Other accusers came forward since then, including two who made similar accusations in 2008 but didn't receive any media attention. He ended his bid for reelection a month after Heckard filed the lawsuit. (Heckard's attorneys later dropped the case.)
Another Seattle Times article in July uncovered the Child Protective Services report that showed a case worker concluded Murray had sexually abused Jeff Simpson, one of his original accusers. It prompted some organizations—including the city's LGBTQ Commission and Human Rights Commission—to urge Murray to resign. Council members Lorena Gonzalez and Kshama Sawant also called on the mayor to consider resigning and asked that the city council "prepare contingency plans" should more information on the case come to light.
The Times published its article about the same time an 11am press conference was scheduled for Murray to discuss the MOU agreement with Oak View Group on KeyArena. The conference was abruptly canceled.