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Evidence seized from Robert Lipscomb's home

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Investigators searched Robert Lipscomb's home, believing there was evidence there that could prove he committed statutory rape.

The search happened August 31, one day after a man told Mayor A C Wharton and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong that Lipscomb sexually molested him.

The search warrant revealed that investigators took the following things from Lipscomb’s home:

  • Documents regarding the relationship between Lipscomb and the victim including faxes, letters, emails, and notes.
  • Audio recording devices containing contact between Lipscomb and the victim
  • Western Union receipts and financial documents showing transfer of money between Lipscomb and the victim
  • Copies of emails and printed documents related to Lipscomb and the victim

They also took a Dell laptop, a black iPad mini, and an Olympus recorder.

According to the affidavit for the search warrant, the victim said Lipscomb molested him in May 2003. He did not tell police about it until February 9, 2010.

The affidavit said Lipscomb approached the victim while he was walking home from a track meet. Lipscomb offered the victim a ride home in his Lexus SUV.

From there, the victim said Lipscomb pulled onto a side street, grabbed him by the back of the neck, and pushed his head into his crotch area.

The victim said Lipscomb forced him to perform oral sex, and then gave him $60 and drove off.

Over the next few years, the victim said Lipscomb stayed in contact with him. He bailed the victim out of jail and repeatedly told him to stay quiet about what happened in May 2003.

When the victim reported this in 2010, police said they tried to investigate but ran into problems.

On August 28, 2015 the victim contacted police again and investigators flew to Everett, Washington, to interview the victim. 

On August 30, 2015 Robert Lipscomb was interviewed by investigators in Memphis. He told police he maintained written and recorded documentation of the conversations between the victim and himself. He also told investigators that his last contact with the victim was via email in February 2015.

As of Wednesday, investigators have not revealed what they found on the things they took from Lipscomb's home.

To see the full search warrant, click here.

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