Local I-Team: Case Closed For Robert Lipscomb

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - (localmemphis.com) - The Shelby County District Attorney's office confirms the case against former Memphis city leader Robert Lipscomb is closed. Lipscomb has been cleared of sexual misconduct allegations, but not before losing his job and tarnishing his reputation. 

Lipscomb is the former Housing and Community Development Director and head of the Memphis Housing Authority.  

A year ago, a 26-year-old man came forward, claiming he and Lipscomb had an inappropriate relationship when the man was a minor. From the beginning, Lipscomb maintained he was innocent.

Those close to the situation tell the Local I-Team they always thought the allegations were politically motivated and a set up.

"There is something about this that stinks to high heaven," said Robert Spence, Lipscomb's lawyer back in 2015 after the allegations surfaced.

Then Memphis Mayor AC Wharton said a 26-year-old called the mayor's office making sexual misconduct claims about Lipscomb. At the time, Lipscomb said years ago he had befriended the teen and tried to help him out,  and nothing improper took place.

The Local I-Team uncovered, Lipscomb's accuser had a long criminal record, and even a warrant out for his arrest. The story broke just months before last year's mayoral election.


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