Child welfare investigators delineated in 1984 how Seattle Mayor Ed Murray continually raped his teenage foster son, three decades before the public outcry of allegations became huge while serving in office.
Murray has come out and openly denied the accusations, and claimed that he has never been prosecuted for any abuse.
On Sunday, a newly unsealed report that was written in 1984 by child welfare officials was finally published. The report was brought on by claims made by Simpson at the time that he was being abused and it came to the conclusion that Murray was guilty of what he was being accused of.
Child Protective Services caseworker Judy Butler had this this to say:
‘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.’
She made it clear that ‘under no circumstances’ should Murray be allowed to take in any other minors. Prosecutors investigated Murray at the time but chose not to bring charges against him because of Simpson suffered from a trouble personality.
Deputy District Attorney Mary Tomlinson explained his reasoning:
‘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.’
She went on:
‘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.’
The report was made public at the request of the Seattle newspaper which demanded that Oregon’s Department of Human Services unseal the report findings earlier this year.
The agency withheld the documents for years but finally agreed this month that it was in the public interest to release them.
Dismissing the report on Sunday, Murray said he was never interviewed as part of the child welfare investigation. He reiterated that he had never been prosecuted.
‘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,’ he said of the child welfare investigator’s findings.
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.
Simpson said the abuse began in 1980, when he was 13 and spending a weekend with Murray. The abuse continued after Murray became his foster father and lasted until he left Murray’s care at age 16, Simpson said. At times, Murray paid Simpson $10 or gave him drugs for sex, he said.
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