Judge found guilty of obstruction of justice - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/23/09

Judge found guilty of obstruction of justice

HOUSTON (KCBD) - A federal judge called it quits after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in Houston Monday.

U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent made the plea in exchange for the dismissal of sex-crime charges against him. Jury selection was set to begin Monday for Judge Kent who faced five related federal sex crime charges and one charge of obstruction of justice. The judge from Galveston was accused of groping two of his female court employees and trying to force them to perform sex acts.

After the plea agreement was reached, Judge Kent announced, through his attorney, his retirement. The obstruction charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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