Edward Murray, the first openly gay mayor of the city of Seattle, has been hit with a string of allegations recently by men who have said Murray sexually abused them as teens.
The fourth man came forward Tuesday, submitting a handwritten statement at the King County Regional Justice Center in Kent to Julie Kays and Lincoln Beauregard, attorneys for another claimant, Delvonn Heckard.
Maurice Jones, 44, the latest accuser, said in the sworn court declaration that Murray paid him for sex at least two times when he was a teenager. Jones said Heckard — the man who file a lawsuit last month claiming Murray abused him as a teen in the 1980s — was the one who introduced him to Murray.
Jones, a gay man, has relayed that there were at least two times during his teenage years when Murray paid him for sex – once in a car, and once at Murray’s apartment.
Jones, who has an extensive criminal record dating back to at least 1988, is currently in jail on drug charges and has been held there since late March.
Kays and Beauregard took the signed statement from Jones through the glassed-off visitation partition, reported the Seattle Times.
Murray’s spokesman, Jeff Reading, has already denied the allegation, as with all of the previous allegations, and claimed Murray “does not know this person.”
Reading stated, “This is an ambush, copycat, false allegation that is being made without any details, evidence, timeline or anything at all to substantiate its veracity. Mayor Murray has never had inappropriate relations with any minor, and Mayor Murray has never paid for sex.”
Murray’s attorneys also criticized Beauregard’s filing of Jones’ allegation, claiming it is a “mockery of the judicial system.”
Jones’ criminal record includes arrests for multiple offenses, including theft, drugs, assault and false reporting, and a prostitution charge in 1988 when he was 15.
Kays said it is not unusual for victims of sexual abuse to lead troubled lives. She said they located him after Heckard gave them names of other possible victims “who could potentially shed light on the mayor’s conduct.”
The following recent interview covers the allegations made by Delvonn Heckard:
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