Since Delvonn Heckard filed a lawsuit in early April, four other men have come forward to publicly accuse Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexual abuse. All claim Murray abused them decades ago as teenagers.
The fifth man — Murray’s younger cousin Joseph Dyer, 54— is the latest accuser, saying Murray repeatedly molested him as a teenager in the 1970s when the two shared a bedroom in Dyer’s mother’s home in the Long Island town of Medford, New York.
Murray has vehemently denied the accusations as some have called for him to resign.
Here are the five men who have come forward.
Ed Murray’s accusers
Delvonn Heckard, 46, is a college student and recovering addict who lives in Kent. Heckard says he was a 15-year-old drug addict on Capitol Hill when he met Murray in 1986. Heckard claims Murray paid him for sex more than 50 times over about a four-year period in his teens. He also filed and withdrew a civil lawsuit against Murray in 2017, but says he plans to refile. Heckard filed a tort claim against the city of Seattle in July 2017.
Jeff Simpson, 49, is a public roads-crew worker who lives in Gladstone, Oregon. He is also a recovering addict. Simpson met Murray while he was growing up in a Portland group home for troubled children in the late 1970s, and later lived with Murray as his foster son. Simpson claims Murray began sexually abusing him when he was 13, and later paid him for sex over several years in the early 1980s.
Lloyd Anderson, 52, of Navarre, Florida, is a retired restaurant worker and a registered sex offender. Anderson knew Murray while growing up in a Portland group home for troubled children in the late 1970s. He claims Murray paid him for sex on several occasions beginning when Anderson was 16 or 17.
Maurice Lavon Jones, 44, of Seattle, is in King County Jail on drug charges. He says he was a drug-addicted street prostitute in the late 1980s when he was introduced to Murray by Heckard. Jones claims Murray paid him for sex on at least two occasions when Jones was a teenager.
Joseph Dyer, 54, is a dialysis technician and a nursing student. Dyer’s location is being withheld by The Seattle Times at his request. Dyer is Murray’s first cousin, once removed. He says Murray repeatedly molested him in the mid-1970s when he came to live with Dyer and his family in Medford, New York, before Murray left town amid accusations that he molested a boy at a Catholic group home.