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Fifth man’s charges of abuse lead Seattle mayor to resign

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 | 9:08 p.m.

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, beset over the past five months by sex abuse allegations, is set to resign, bringing an ignoble end to a lengthy political career in which he championed gay rights and better pay for workers.

His announcement that he plans to resign came after The Seattle Times reported that a fifth man — one of his cousins — had accused Murray of molesting him decades ago. Though he has vehemently denied all of the accusations against him, Murray, a Democrat, had already decided not to seek re-election.

The latest allegations came from Joseph Dyer, the son of Murray's first cousin, Maryellen Sottile. Dyer told the newspaper he was 13 and Murray was in his early 20s when Murray came to live with Dyer's family in Medford, New York, in 1975.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com