Child sex crimes can be a difficult topic to discuss, but it’s important that we shed light on issues like pedophilia so we can prevent them from happening in the first place. In the past, numerous members of the elite, political figures, religious leaders, and other authority figures have abused their power and used it to rape and sexually abuse adults and kids, yet the public often turns a blind eye to it.
If we’re not willing to reveal the truth, or at least search for it, how can we expect to create positive change in the world?
With that, the Guardian released an article on Tuesday about the Mayor of Seattle’s recent resignation. Ed Murray stepped down as Mayor after being publicly accused of sexual abuse for a fifth time, this time by his cousin.
What’s worse is that he is one of several other mayors who have been accused of child sex crimes in the past year alone. Are these really the people we want governing society, leading us toward a “brighter tomorrow”?
Which Mayors Have Been Accused of Child Sex Crimes?
Let’s start with the allegations made against Ed Murray, who resigned as Mayor of Seattle earlier this week (effective 5pm Wednesday).
Murray has been denying these claims, stating, “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.”
Murray’s first cousin once removed, Joseph Dyer, was the fifth person to accuse him of sexual abuse, claiming that he had a history of this. Dyer explained that Murray came to live with his family when he was 13, and he used to repeatedly sexually abuse him, to the point where he had to fake sleeping in hopes that he wouldn’t touch him.
Prior to Dyer’s accusation, four other men came forward claiming that Murray sexually abused or raped them when they were younger. One of the cases was actually verified by old files that cited a child welfare investigator’s conclusion that Murray had sexually abused a man named Jeff Simpson in the 1980s when Murray was his foster parent.
The Mayor of Stillwater, New York, Rick Nelson, also resigned this September following his arrest on child pornography charges. Though there are few details surrounding the charges, large publications like the Washington Post at least verified his arrest regarding child pornography, though according to the Times Union, Nelson has faced numerous accusations of child sex crimes and inappropriate behaviour before.
The mayor of a city in Nebraska, Dwayne Schutt, was just charged with “intentional child abuse and four counts of child sexual abuse.” Despite these allegations made by the victim, who is now 18 but was 14-years-old at the time of the abuse, Schutt still remains Mayor.
Last year, former Ohio Mayor Richard Keenan allegedly admitted to repeatedly having sex with a child over the course of two years starting when she was only 4 years old. Keenan apparently confessed his sexual assaults to numerous people, including his wife and a pastor. Keenan was charged with eight counts of gross sexual imposition, eight counts of rape, and four counts of attempted rape.
Anthony Silva, former California Mayor, was charged last year with providing alcohol to minors, playing strip poker with them, and then filming it. Investigators found more than 20 photos and four videos that showed him playing strip poker with camp counsellors and minors, including a 16-year-old boy. However, Silva is now facing a slew of different charges involving his alleged act of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars that were meant to help underprivileged children.
In March of this year, Oregon Mayor Kenneth Lewis Barrett was arrested for soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl, who was actually working in an undercover sex sting operation. Barrett was also charged with online sexual corruption of a child and unlawful possession of a firearm.
A Georgia Mayor, Christopher Wright, was tied up in a child molestation case last year and was accused of raping a 12-year-old child. During the trial of a man facing child molestation charges, one of the victims actually named the Mayor as one of the perpetrators. Wright pleaded no contest and did not have to serve any prison time, though he is on probation.
Darral Walker, the former Mayor of Rockdale, Texas, was indicted last summer for indecency with a child, but did not have to register as a child sex offender. Walker engaged in sexual contact with a child younger than 17 years old by touching his genitals, which Walker actually admitted to but claimed that it was for “educational purposes.” Since when is it okay to sexually assault a minor just because the “intention” behind it had nothing to do with sexual gratification?
Former Millbrook, New York, Mayor Donald Briggs was charged with two counts of a criminal sexual act late last year. Briggs allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor under the age of 17.
Former Mayor of Clayton, California, Dale Kenyon was indicted last week due to allegations of sexual acts against a minor. Kenyon allegedly engaged in sexual acts with a child who was 14 years old at the time, and the abuse allegedly took place from 2009 to 2012.
This is a long list of current and former Mayors of different U.S. cities involved in sexual misconduct and abuse of minors. This begs an interesting question: Are we allowing the wrong people to come into positions of political power, or are rape, pedophilia, and sexual misconduct far more prevalent within society than we think? Perhaps it’s a bit of both.
A Long History of Pedophilia and Sexual Misconduct in “Authority”
This isn’t the first time people were concerned over sexual abuse and pedophilia by government officials and the elite. Ted Gunderson, former FBI special agent and head of their L.A. office, worked to uncover years’ worth of information on high-level pedophilia, sexual abuse, and satanic rituals performed by the elite. You can read more about that in our CE article here.
Former U.S. representative Cynthia McKinney also knew about the government’s relationship to human trafficking, and she actually addressed it in 2005. She grilled Donald Rumsfeld on DynCorp’s child trafficking business of selling women and children (source).
The fact of the matter is that high-level political and elite involvement with pedophilia and sex slaves is nothing new. If you know anything about the government programs MK Ultra or Monarch Mind Control, it’s easy to imagine how not only unwilling adults, but children can be manipulated and brainwashed into thinking that pedophilia and sex trafficking are okay. Either that or they’re too terrified to come forward.
There has also been a lot of speculation lately on child sex rings being used by the U.S. government. You may be familiar with the PizzaGate scandal, which allegedly unearthed a very high-level elitist global pedophile ring the U.S. government was involved in. If this is true, then the U.S. government isn’t just part of the problem, they’re at the very heart of it.
Former writer for the Huffington Post and Business Insider David Seaman has posted numerous YouTube videos thoroughly outlining the emails and the link to these pizza parlours and the pedophilia symbolism found within all of it, which you can check out here.
For more information about these subjects, I’d strongly suggest reading the following CE articles:
It’s incredibly important that we shed light on these topics and work to uncover the truth, despite how “dark” these subjects may seem or how much we don’t want to believe that such things happen in our midst. It’s always difficult for society to accept when authoritative figures like government officials, priests, etc. are involved in corruption and crimes, especially when it comes to children.
However, just because something is uncomfortable to talk about, doesn’t mean we don’t need to talk about it. Sometimes it’s the more uncomfortable subjects that are exactly the topics we should talk about — after all, how else can we expand our comfort zones if we don’t challenge them? I encourage you to share information with others, even if it’s something they may not want to hear.
If we simply dismiss information because it’s uncomfortable to address, then witnesses won’t feel confident in coming forward. We want to create an environment in which victims feel that they can share their experiences with others rather than one that encourages them to hide their truths.