Seattle Times published a 1984 assessment on Sunday, in which Seattle child welfare investigators described in gruesome detail how three decades before a man became the mayor of Seattle, he sexually abused his foster son and other boys.
According to the Seattle Times, an investigation into the past actions of Mayor Ed Murray, carried out by the Oregon Child Protective Services (CPS), proved that he indeed committed the crimes he’s accused of. Murray is accused of sexually assaulting Jeff Simpson, now 49, when he was a child living in Murray’s home as his foster son.
“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,” Seattle CPS caseworker Judy Butler wrote in the 1984 assessment.
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) July 17, 2017
Butler also wrote that Murray should never, “under any circumstances,” be allowed to have another child in his care.
Murray gave a written response to the accusations on Sunday, claiming that he was never once interviewed by CPS. He also wrote that he was never informed of the findings at the time, nor was his attorney.
“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.”
Regardless, Simpson is only one of four people who came forward and accused Murray of sexually abusing them as children. One the victims, a then-15-year-old drug addict, Devlonn Heckard, said he would do whatever Murray asked in order to make money. He filed a civil lawsuit against Murray, seeking damages after the mayor reportedly requested him to do numerous sexual favors.
“Addicted to drugs at the time, D.H. was willing do whatever Mr. Murray asked for as little as $10-20 dollars,” the lawsuit read.
In response to Murray’s mention that criminal charges were never filed, Butler explained that lack of evidence prompted them to decline pressing criminal charges. She wrote that although Murray wasn’t charged criminally, it doesn’t mean in any way that they think he’s innocent.
“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.”
FOX News reports that despite Murray denying the allegations, he chose not to pursue a re-election. Meanwhile, he claims that the accusations are false and stem from an “anti-gay conspiracy” against him, since he publicly supports the LGBTQ community.
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