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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his resignation on Tuesday after the latest sexual abuse allegation against him.

The resignation comes after a younger cousin accused him of sexual abuse in the 1970s. 

Murray's full statement is below:  

“While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business.“I am announcing my resignation as mayor, effective at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

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Seattle City Council member Lorena Gonzalez has repeated her call from last week for Mayor Ed Murray to step down. She’s urging the council to be prepared to impeach if he resign.

"We need to be ready for what that process and what those procedures would like look like, particularly since we've never had to undergo them in the city's history," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez cites new information in the sex abuse case against Murray. Back in the 1980s, an Oregon child-welfare investigator found that Murray abused his foster son.

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City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez said Monday that Seattle Mayor Ed Murray should consider stepping down after new revelations about the sex abuse allegations against him.

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A child protection investigator in Oregon concluded in 1984 that Seattle Mayor Ed Murray had abused a boy in his care. 

In documents made public by The Seattle Times, the investigator said the future mayor of Seattle should never be a foster parent again.