Records Might Back Up Accounts That Seattle Mayor Sexually Molested Foster Son


Ed Murray

Sanctuary City Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is famed as a staunch gay rights advocate and a champion of progressive causes.

Records thought to be destroyed have been found and they give a clear picture of the sexual abuse claims against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray by his former foster son. Information about this was available earlier this year but he’s being allowed to finish out his term.

The records show that an Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded Ed Murray sexually abused his foster son in the early 1980s, leading state officials to assert that “under no circumstances should Mr. Murray be certified” as a foster parent in the future.

“In the professional judgement of this caseworker who has interviewed numerous children of all ages and of all levels of emotional disturbance regarding sexual abuse, Jeff Simpson has been sexually abused by … Edward Murray,” CPS caseworker Judy Butler wrote in the May 1984 assessment.

The case of the foster child was withdrawn because of his emotional problems and manipulative nature, not because they didn’t believe him. They didn’t know if they could meet the burden of proof.

“Other than the salacious nature of it, I don’t see what the story is,” said Murray. “The system vindicated me. They withdrew the case.”

That’s a lie, he was never vindicated.

The former foster child, Jeff Simpson, dropped a lawsuit in 2008 because the case passed the statute of limitations.

It wasn’t only one child and it included children with serious problems to begin with

He is being sued by a man who said he was raped by Murray when he was 15 years old. Two other men have also accused Murray. The incidents took place in the 1980s. Mayor Murray denies the accusations.

A 46-year-old Kent man sued Seattle Mayor Ed Murray earlier this year, claiming Murray “raped and molested him” over several years, beginning in 1986 when the man was a 15-year-old high-school dropout.

The man said he has come forward now because his father died and he no longer feels the need to keep it secret.

The lawsuit in King County Superior Court, filed under the man’s initials, “D.H.,” alleges Murray sexually abused the crack-cocaine addicted teen on numerous occasions for payments of $10 to $20.

“I have been dealing with this for over 30 years,” the man, now sober for a year, said in an interview with The Seattle Times. He said he was coming forward as part of a “healing process” after years of “the shame, the embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation that I put myself through and that he put me through.”

Murray’s spokesman, Jeff Reading, said, “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. Mayor Murray has never engaged in an inappropriate relationship with any minor. … Mayor Murray will vigorously fight these allegations in court.”

Murray decided not to run again.

Another man, Lloyd Anderson, said he knew Murray when he was a teenager growing up in a Portland, Ore., center for troubled children. He is also accusing Murray of sexual molestation.

Like Simpson, Mr. Anderson raised the allegations a decade ago in calls to reporters and Washington state lawmakers, and they repeated them in recent interviews with the Times, saying they would testify in court if needed.

Earlier this year, two Times reporters showed up unannounced at the Portland-area apartment that Jeff Simpson, now a public roads crew worker, shares with his wife and teenaged son. He appeared surprised, but immediately said he had prayed someone would eventually come knock on his door.

“I would really like for him to admit it and to take responsibility … ” Simpson said of Murray. “I don’t necessarily think that he destroyed my life but I believe a lot of the problems I have stemmed from this.”

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