Federal judge indicted on sex abuse charges

A federal judge accused of sexual harassment by his former case manager has been indicted on charges of abusive sexual contact and attempted aggravated sexual abuse.

U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent was indicted on two counts of abusive sexual contact and one count of attempted aggravated sexual abuse.

The Houston Chronicle reports an agreement with prosecutors will allow Kent to surrender next Wednesday for an initial court appearance.

Kent's attorney Dick DeGuerin says, quote, "He's angry and ready for a fight. He is innocent. We will try this case. It is nothing but a false accusation."

A federal criminal investigation began in November 2007 after former case manager Cathy McBroom complained about Kent.

She said the judge physically touched her under her clothing twice and often made obscene suggestions during the six years she worked for him.

In a statement released by her attorney, McBroom said, quote, "I am relieved to find that even federal judges are not above the law, and that sexual abuse in the workplace is never acceptable, no matter the status of the offender."

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