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Statute of limitations keeps ex-Memphis Housing Director from facing sexual assault charges

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Part of the case files in the allegations against Lipscomb. (Source: WMC Action News 5) Part of the case files in the allegations against Lipscomb. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

The former Memphis Housing Director will not be charged with sexual crimes against children, because the statute of limitations on the crimes has expired.

Five more documents reveal accusations from even more young men against former Memphis Housing Director Robert Lipscomb after startling accusations of sexual abuse surfaced. However, no charges have been filed.

A first look at a newly released police investigative file is giving a greater glimpse into claims against Lipscomb from a total of six men.

The reported transgressions happened from 1986-2005 and include everything from forcible rape, statutory rape, and even aggravated sexual battery. Some of the men who came forward said they saw Lipscomb as a mentor and a father before he took advantage of them.

"The closest thing to a dad that I had ever seen or had," Galan Allen, who accused Lipscomb of statutory rape and sexual battery, said.

He goes by Galan Allen these days and lives far across the country, but in 1986, Galan Jackson met Robert Lipscomb through the Dress for Success program. He said he practically idolized Lipscomb, who would take him to movies, buy him clothes, and give him money.

"That eventually led to me spending the night over to his house," Allen said. 

One night, Allen said Lipscomb laid his head on his lap and then slowly...over time, he said it escalated to him putting his hands on his privates.

"He eventually unzipped my pants one day, and he went for it," Allen said.

He said he was ripped in half by emotions: love for a caring father figure and anger at someone he calls a freak.

"I remember I really wanted to like, crush his head," he said. " I wanted to grab his head and pop it like a tomato or something, you know. But, I don't know. I just didn't."

He said now he still questions why he stayed.

"I even look at myself and go 'why did you stay?'" 

He said it was about not wanting to give up the luxuries Lipscomb provided that he wouldn't have anywhere else.

"That was the other part that was so--that allowed me to stay in it. I didn't want to return to the void," he said.

He traded the void for drug and alcohol problems for years, until he moved away and went to treatment and got clean. Then, he tried to forget.

That is, until last year when he found out another man came forward, accusing Lipscomb of sexually assaulting him.

"It just made me angry even more, angry about the other kid, and I was like 'what other kid have you, you know, stolen their innocence from them," Allen said.

He now just wants the truth out there, despite not being able to prosecute.

Lipscomb and his lawyers denied the allegations.

"No one has come forward with any information to suggest that there is truth behind the allegations. No one," Lipscomb's attorney Ricky Wilkins said.

Last year, the first accuser came forward, later sparking other men to make reports. The man who first came forward claims he began sexual relations with Lipscomb when he was 16 years old and homeless.

"This has gone on long enough. This is a ripple effect," the man said.

Every accuser who has come forward said the crimes happened before 2005. That means the statute of limitations has expired on every case. That means none of the people who came forward did so quickly enough for prosecutors to file charges.

The District Attorney's office said without any new information, there is no sufficient cause to file criminal charges. Meanwhile, documents show one man said he was fondled when he was 9 or 10 years old by Lipscomb when he was staying overnight.

Someone else said when he was 16 or 17 years old and in the city's internship program in 1987, Lipscomb took advantage of him sexually as payment for help on an application.

The case has now been closed, and Lipscomb will not face any charges in these claims.

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