Monday afternoon, Lubbock City Attorney Sam Medina announced his decision to take a voluntary leave of absence. This, after he says a family member has accused him of sexual assault.
Medina says he requested to go on paid leave to prevent the city from getting involved in a very messy divorce between Medina's son and his soon to be ex-wife.
"I believe it's in the best interest of the city, my employer, to place me on administrative leave pending the outcome of these legal proceedings," Medina said.
Surrounded by his wife and two sons, Medina confidently and repeatedly denied the allegations of sexual assault.
"Some of these accusations are about me. These accusations are absolutely false," Medina said.
Little is known about these accusations, except that they involve Medina's soon-to-be ex daughter in law, who has been in a brutal custody battle with Medina's son Erik for nearly a year now.
"Unfortunately his wife has decided to turn it into a bitter battle over child custody," Medina said.
"It has been said that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and these false accusations are a perfect example of that," Medina's attorney Rod Hobson said.
No police report has been located and the accuser's attorney tells KCBD nothing has been filed officially. Hobson says these allegations won't stand if and when they are brought to in court.
"In this day and age, it seems like anyone can [say] anything, no matter how ridiculous. Now it is time to prove these ludicrous allegations. Put up or shut up," Hobson says.
An attorney representing Medina's accuser issued this statement on Tuesday:
"We prefer and trust that our justice system will allow this young woman to protect her rights and the rights of her children by revealing the truth and by not allowing these rights to be overrun and trampled by power, position, and money, nor by public opinion."
The statement goes on to say that they prefer not to comment on the substance of the investigation at this time, and asks for privacy.
Mayor Glen Robertson has called a special city council meeting for Thursday at 3 p.m. That's when they'll vote to accept Medina's leave and decide whether he will be paid during that time.
Currently, Mitch Satterwhite is acting as interim city attorney.
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