District Court Judge Charged
With Attempted Sex Abuse
U.S. District Court Judge Samuel B. Kent, 59, was indicted
by a federal grand jury in Houston for allegedly attempting
aggravated sexual abuse and for abusive sexual touching
of a clerk’s office employee, Acting Assistant Attorney
General Matthew Friedrich announced.
returned today in the U.S. District Court in Houston, charges
Kent with one count of attempted aggravated sexual abuse on
March 23, 2007, and two counts of abusive sexual contact, which
is alleged to have occurred on Aug. 29, 2003, and March 23,
is being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Chief for Litigation Peter
J. Ainsworth and Trial Attorneys John P. Pearson and AnnaLou
T. Tirol, of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity
Section, which is headed by Section Chief William M. Welch
II. This case is being investigated by the FBI.
is merely an allegation. Defendants are presumed innocent until
and unless proven guilty in a court of law.