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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray: I am not going to resign

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FILE- In this April 27, 2017, file photo, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray speaks during a press conference in Seattle. A fourth man has accused Murray of paying him for sex when the man was a teenager decades ago, claims that were vehemently denied Wednesday, May 3 by a spokesman for the mayor. © (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file) FILE- In this April 27, 2017, file photo, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray speaks during a press conference in Seattle. A fourth man has accused Murray of paying him for sex when the man was a teenager decades ago, claims that were vehemently denied Wednesday, May 3 by a spokesman for the mayor.

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he is not resigning following claims by four men that he sexually abused them as teenagers.

Murray made the announcement Monday, saying his resignation would create a destabilizing transition that would likely bring city business to a halt.

In May he said he wouldn't seek re-election after the allegations surfaced but pledged to serve out his term through the end of this year. However Murray, who denies the allegations, is facing increasing pressure to step down after it was reported Sunday by The Seattle Times that an Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded 30 years ago that he had sexually abused his foster son.

Murray's former foster son is one of the men who publicly accused him of sexual abuse. Murray said the child-welfare investigator didn't interview him at the time. He said the allegations were fully investigated and prosecutors never brought charges.

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