Lipscomb's attorney says client is innocent as investigation con - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Lipscomb's attorney says client is innocent as investigation continues

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Defense attorney Ricky Wilkins said it has been a tough week for his client, Robert Lipscomb.

August 28, a man now living in Seattle, Washington, called Mayor A C Wharton's office to report Lipscomb as a sexual criminal. In less than seven days, a total of nine victims stepped forward with similar stories, and Lipscomb resigned or was suspended from his jobs.

Memphis police and some federal investigators are looking into the sex crime allegations against Lipscomb, but as of Friday, he had not yet been charged in the case.

"Please respect the fact that this is very serious," Wilkins said. "It's very wrenching on him, so he needs time and space to deal with it. So we're trying to protect him as best we can through this process."

Late Monday night, Lipscomb resigned from his position with the city of Memphis.

That night, he opened the door of his home to tell WMC Action News 5 that he did not do anything wrong.

Wilkins said that he is frustrated that city administrators are talking to the media and is even considering legal action to prevent them from making further comments.

"We are exploring all options," Wilkins added. "We are trying to be as professional as we know how to be in this process, and we are gathering information as days and hours unfold. You can rest assured that we will take all steps we need to take to protect Robert Lipscomb."

As the days pass, Wilkins said the investigation is continuing on both sides.

"I know that my client denies that he's done anything improper--had any improper relationships--and that's where we are on that."

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