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Judge indicted on sex charges

August 29, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A federal judge accused of fondling a former court employee was indicted by a federal grand jury on sexual abuse charges.

U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent is charged with two counts of abusive sexual contact and one count of attempted aggravated sexual abuse.

A former case manager at the U.S. District Court in Galveston accused Kent of twice touching her under her clothing and repeatedly making obscene suggestions during the six years she worked with him.

Kent's attorney called any sexual contact that may have happened consensual.

If convicted of attempted aggravated sexual abuse, Kent could face up to life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The indictment was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.

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