Three decades before liberal pervert Ed Murray was elected as Seattle’s mayor, an Oregon child-welfare investigator found that he had sexually abused his own foster son which prompted state officials to conclude that “under no circumstances” should Murray serve as a foster parent in the future.
The findings were reported Sunday by The Seattle Times , after Oregon’s Department of Human Services in April unearthed old records — previously thought to have been destroyed — at the newspaper’s request. The agency initially withheld many of the documents, but it released them to the Times this month after it appealed, agreeing that it was in the public interest to do so.
The investigation by Oregon Child Protective Services (CPS) of Jeff Simpson’s allegations determined them to be valid — meaning the agency believed Murray sexually abused Simpson, the records show.
Murray’s former foster son, Jeff Simpson, is one of four men who publicly accused him this spring of sexually abusing them long ago. Murray adamantly denies the allegations, but he declined to seek re-election, Fox News reported.
In a written response Sunday, Murray said the child-welfare investigator never interviewed him and that neither he nor his attorney was informed of the findings at the time. He said the allegations were fully investigated and prosecutors never brought charges.advertisement - story continues below
“That she believed Jeff’s claims at the time and advocated on his behalf is painful to see, but does not change the fact that, based on the totality of the evidence that was collected, the District Attorney declined to file charges,” Murray said.
Still, the Times reported, the newly disclosed records reveal that a Multnomah County prosecutor declined to pursue charges because of Simpson’s troubled personality, not because she thought he was lying.
“It was Jeff’s emotional instability, history of manipulative behavior and the fact that he has again run away and made himself unavailable that forced my decision,” Deputy District Attorney Mary Tomlinson wrote.
She added: “We could not be sure of meeting the high burden of proof in a criminal case — of proof beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty. However, this in no way means that the District Attorney’s Office has decided Jeff’s allegations are not true.”advertisement - story continues below
Simpson, now 49, had been abandoned as an infant. He lived under Murray’s care for nearly a year and a half as a teenager, after meeting him when Murray counseled him at a Portland center for troubled teens in the late 1970s.
Meanwhile, Fox reports that Murray so far is holding onto office despite disturbing claims he sexually abused four teenagers, including his foster son, in the 1980s – though calls are growing for him to resign ahead of November’s election.
Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and current mayoral candidate Jessyn Farrell have joined those demanding Murray step down following a blistering report in The Seattle Times. The article revealed an Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded in 1984 that Murray sexually abused his foster son Jeff Simpson when he was a teenager.
“The time for denials and victim blaming is over,” McGinn, a Democrat, tweeted Sunday.
Fox News reported that Murray’s three previous accusers said they wanted their names made public. Beauregard said he did not know if the man making the new accusation wanted his identity made public.advertisement - story continues below
One 46-year-old Kent man has filed a lawsuit accusing Murray of having “raped and molested” him when the man was a 15-year-old high school dropout and Murray was in his early 30s.
The man, who is identified only as “D.H.” alleged he met Murry when he was 15 years old on a Metro bus, and Murray, who was about 32 years old at the time, propositioned D.H. to visit his Capitol Hill apartment for sex. The encounters continued for “an extended period of time,” according to court documents.
“Addicted to drugs at the time, D.H. was willing do whatever Mr. Murray asked for as little as $10-20 dollars,” the lawsuit claimed.
The victim recalled details such as Murray’s phone number at the time and the layout of the apartment. He also described Murray’s genitalia to lawyers, according to court documents.
A liberal spokesperson for Murray denied the allegations, calling them “categorically false.” Of course he did.
“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,” said Jeff Reading, a spokesperson for Murray. “These unsubstantiated assertions, dating back three decades, are categorically false. Mayor Murray has never engaged in an inappropriate relationship with any minor. 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. Mayor Murray will vigorously fight these allegations in court.”
He was the prime sponsor of Washington’s gay marriage law, spearheaded an effort to protect LGBTQ youth in public schools and led the state’s push to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Murray has claimed that the abuse claims are motivated by an anti-gay conspiracy aimed at derailing his political career.
Murry needs to resign and be prosecuted like other sex offenders.