LUBBOCK, TX – If former City Attorney Sam Medina was indicted Thursday it would not be public record according to the special prosecutor handling the case.
The 47th District Attorney Randall Sims of Potter County said he could neither confirm nor deny the existence of an indictment despite media reports that Medina had been indicted for the sexual assault of his estranged daughter-in-law. Sims said the disclosure of any indictment before it is properly released into the public record could be a violation of state law or it could constitute contempt of court.
However, multiple sources in law enforcement have said Medina was indicted on 10 counts of sexual assault. Those sources have asked not to be named.
Ordinarily EverythingLubbock.com would not reveal the identity of a sexual assault victim, however, her name and relationship came to light in a public forum – specifically a news conference in which Medina said he was accused by his estranged daughter-in-law as part of a bitter divorce with Medina’s son, Erik.
In a police report Angela Medina claimed she was sexually assaulted by Sam Medina between February 2009 and December 2012.
In January of this year – after Sam Medina asked to be placed on leave from the City of Lubbock – Angelina Medina made a statement through her lawyer that said in part, “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…”
Sam Medina has always maintained his innocence.
Sims said Medina’s wife, Velma, his estranged daughter-in-law Angelina and his friend Tony Renteria were charged with possession of a dangerous drug – which is a misdemeanor. Medina’s son, Erik, was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence. The misdemeanor charges are part of the public record, Sims said.
Medina resigned in March – citing his legal issues as a distraction from city business. Since then, according to Mayor Glen Robertson, the City of Lubbock has recovered well after the departure of Medina as the City Attorney.
“The City Attorney’s office has done a great job,” Robertson said. “All the attorneys really pulled together to get through this. We’re in really good shape right now.”
On a personal note the mayor considers Medina to be a friend.
“We just have to wait to see what happens,” Robertson said, “I feel bad for Sam and his and grandkids and his whole family. I hate it for him. It’s not going to be easy for him to get through this.”
Robertson also said, “I hate that they’re going through this. And I hate it for the daughter-in-law as well.”
Medina’s lawyer was expected to issue a statement on Thursday.