Ex-Memphis housing director will not face sex crime charges - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Ex-Memphis housing director will not face sex crime charges

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Former Memphis Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb will not face any criminal charges for allegations that he committed sex crimes with a minor.

In August 2015, Lipscomb was relieved of duty as director while the case was being investigated.

This was not the first time Lipscomb got in trouble over allegations of sexual misconduct. In March 2006, a lawsuit claimed Lipscomb sexually harassed an employee in 2003. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed.

In February 2010, a new complainant came out against Lipscomb claiming he was sexually assaulted by the housing director. That case was assigned to an MPD sex crimes investigator, but was dropped when investigators were unable to contact the victim.

More than five years later, that victim reached out to MPD again. This time, investigators traveled to Washington to follow up on the 2010 complaint. Two days later, investigators interviewed Lipscomb about the allegations; two days after that, Lipscomb was relieved of duty.

During the investigation, police entered Lipscomb’s home twice but made no arrests.

In October 2015, Memphis Housing Authority unanimously voted to suspend Lipscomb without pay.

Now, Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said it will not prosecute Lipscomb. WMC Action News 5 is working to get the DA’s file on this case to learn more details of the investigation.

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