Alleged Portland sex abuse victim of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray speaks out

Jeff Simpson (KPTV)

The Portland-area man who says the mayor of Seattle sexually abused him while he was in foster care in the 1980s is sharing his story, as new documents in his case released by the Department of Human Services this week bolster his claims.

Jeff Simpson told FOX 12 he was sexually abused by Ed Murray for years when he was his foster son, beginning when he was 13 years old.

The newly released records dating back to 1984 show that caseworkers believed Simpson’s claims and recommended Murray “never again be utilized as a certified CSD resource for children.” Prosecutors began pursuing a criminal case against Murray, but charges were never filed.

“Mayor Murray is a child molester,” Simpson said Tuesday. “The worst things that you can think of were what Ed has done to me.”

Simpson said he was told by state agencies over and over that the records in his case had long been destroyed. Learning they not only existed, but were released publicly this week, he said was an answer to his prayers.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle,” he said. “All of a sudden, not only do we get the paperwork but we get all of the records that were supposedly destroyed.”

Simpson is one of three people who has made allegations of sexual abuse against Murray.

The mayor has repeatedly denied those allegations.

In an April interview with KIRO-TV in Seattle, Murray said of Simpson: “I’m not the first foster parent he’s made accusations against… I mean regrettably he was a very, very disturbed young man and he has remained a very manipulative man.”

“I am not lying. We, as Ed’s victims, are not lying,” Simpson said Tuesday.

Now, Simpson hopes the newly released records will lead to some kind of action; a closure of sorts he’s been waiting more than 30 years for.

He plans to work with a lawyer in the near future and hopes to take a lie detector test to further prove his claims. He has a fundraising page for those efforts.

“By me continuing and not saying something, other people’s children might be in danger, and that is not acceptable. Absolutely not acceptable,” Simpson said. “The people of Seattle deserve much better. They deserve to know the truth.”

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