Sam Medina resigns as Lubbock city attorney

Published: Mar. 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson says the city attorney's resignation did not come as a shock to him, following the city council vote to put him on unpaid leave.

"I'm going to wish Sam and his family well. I know they have been through a real trying time. I just hope that they can give on with their lives and pick up and move on," Robertson said.

Sam Medina turned in his resignation letter on Friday.

This comes after allegations of sexual assault were made against him back in January.

Medina took office back in 2009, but the last three months has been clouded with accusations and investigations.

Here's a summary of the events:

August 2009, Judge Sam Medina accepts Lubbock City Attorney position.

October 1, 2009, Sam Medina officially takes office.

January 13, 2014, Lubbock City Attorney Sam Medina asks City Council to place him on leave, after his "soon to be ex-daughter in law" makes allegations of sexual assault against him. Medina attorney Rod Hobson calls press conference.

January 16, 2014, Lubbock City Council approves Sam Medina's paid leave.

February 12, 2014, Special prosecutor assigned to Sam Medina case.

February 13, 2014, City Council votes to place Sam Medina on temporary unpaid leave, at his request.

February 20, 2014, two search warrants issued for Medina homes.

February 21, 2014, Lubbock Police execute search warrants at both homes. During the investigation, police say evidence of another possible crime was discovered, but no arrests have been made.

February 21, 2014, a source tells KCBD Erik Medina was practicing medicine without a license.

February 28, 2014, KCBD obtains copies of the search warrants and descriptions of items seized: prescription pill bottles with written prescriber being Erik Medina, prescription scrips, prescription pads, prescription receipts from pharmacies, prescription insurance records, receipts, cellular phones, phone records, computers, and hard drives. Police find a variety of drugs and pill bottles, mostly antibiotics, some with family members' names on the labels.

March 7, 2014 Sam Medina resigns.

In his resignation letter Medina says, "These distractions are unfair to you, to the citizens and to my family…I do this of my own free will and with a grateful heart because of the privilege I have had in serving the wonderful citizens of my beloved Lubbock."

Although Medina has resigned, he stands by his statement that the allegations made against him are false. There have been no arrests.

Robertson says council will discuss how they want to move forward on selecting a new city attorney next Thursday.

Medina's resignation will be effective next Thursday on March 13.

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