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Memphis Housing Director Robert Lipscomb resigns from City of Memphis position

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Robert Lipscomb resigned from his position as City of Memphis Housing and Community Development Director.

Allegations against Lipscomb were made public on Sunday that he had been accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor.

Lipscomb was previously relieved of duty pending the results of the investigation, which was overseen by Mayor A C Wharton and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.

Mayor Wharton announced that he accepted Lipscomb's resignation effective immediately.

Lipscomb's attorney, Ricky Wilkins, said Lipscomb's resignation has nothing to do with the allegations. Wilkins said Lipscomb did not want to be a distraction to the Wharton administration, but will fight the allegations.

Lipscomb remains the Memphis Housing Authority Director, which is a federally-funded position, though he has since been suspended with pay pending the investigation.

Since the announcement, a number of others contacted the mayor's office and Police Director Toney Armstrong with similar accusations toward Lipscomb.

"If there are others, I strongly encourage you to contact Crime Stoppers immediately," said Mayor Wharton. "Because of the nature and number of calls, it is best to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 528-CASH rather than Dir. Armstrong or me. Be assured that all will be investigated immediately and thoroughly.”

Meanwhile, WMC Action News 5's Janice Broach spoke with the 26-year-old victim who first came forward.

The victim said the relationship started when he was 16 years old and homeless. It lasted five years, then the victim ended the relationship because Lipscomb "kept making promises of a job and a place to stay and he didn't come through."

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