Judge Samuel Kent Indicted on New Sexual Abuse Charges

judgeU.S. District Judge Samuel Kent will be arraigned this morning on the new charges. He was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on new charges of sexually abusing another court employee and lying about it to prominent federal judges who investigated a misconduct complaint against him. His trial on the prior allegations was scheduled for January 26th before U.S. Senior Judge Roger Vinson, of Florida.

Kent is accused of sexually abusing his former case manager, Cathy McBroom. In 2007, McBroom filed a formal judicial misconduct complaint with the 5th Circuit judicial council alleging that the judge physically touched her under her clothing twice and often made obscene suggestions during the six years she worked for him.

The same grand jury that indicted Kent in August added three additional charges Tuesday involving a second female court employee: aggravated sexual abuse, abusive sexual contact and obstruction of justice. The indictment accuses Kent of forcing the second court employee to repeatedly “engage in a sexual act,” including oral sex and using his hands to “penetrate or attempt to penetrate” her.

The addition of a second victim in such cases is always highly damaging for the defense. Jurors tend to believe allegations made by two different women of abuse. The defense will have the considerable task of knocking down both women on the stand — a difficult matter that risks triggering sympathy for the women before the jury. The additional allegations also moves the indictment from fondling to a more serious level of sexual contact. Finally, the new charges include obstruction of justice which is easier to prove than sexual assault and carried as 20 year sentence.

Kent faces a potential life imprisonment sentence for this conduct.

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13 thoughts on “Judge Samuel Kent Indicted on New Sexual Abuse Charges”

  1. hi..
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  2. Former Federal LEO:

    Blame Hamas for launching rocket attacks from the school area.

    They are the ones cowardly using civilians as shields, something even the despicable Nazi’s of WW2 seldom did.

    Maybe the Arabs should have never carried out a surprise attack on Israel in 1967 in an effort to rid the region of the Nation, then Gaza would not be an issue today.

    Grow up.

  3. FFLEO,
    The Israeli attacks are brutal and excessive. They are not there to stop rocket attacks. They are there to take over Gaza.

  4. YAAWD:

    Your posts are irrelevant to the topic thread at hand. I have no problem if your posts are relevant.

    Regarding the Gaza video, I assume that you read my full response, explanation, and admission that the first video was in 2005 but that subsequent confirmed attacks by the Israelis on Gazan civilian markets occurred and those bombings resulted in more carnage than the 2005 Hamas accident.

    The Israelis’ cowardice involves bombing a United Nations school where women and children sought refuge.

  5. Former Federal LEO

    Why my goodness, if you post a comment with a link to a phony propaganda video of a so called Israeli strike on a market in Gaza last week that in reality WAS A TWO YEAR OLD VIDEO OF AN EXPLOSION IN GAZA THAT ISRAEL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH WASN’T PULLED, WHY SHOULD MINE?

    Hopefully Mr. Turley, with all the revelations of the crimes of the Democratic party coming to light, the crooked politics of Obama coming home, and the absolutely ridiculous appointments he is making, maybe even Mr. Turley is starting to worry about what kind of future his leftists friends are leaving for his children, families, and future generations.

  6. Quoted from the link provided:

    “Kent already is facing a trial this month on criminal charges of sexually abusing his former case manager, making him the first federal judge ever to be charged with federal sex crimes.

    He repeatedly has denied the charges. DeGuerin has described his relationship with the first woman as “enthusiastically consensual.”

    Is “enthusiastically consensual” legalese?

    I am pleased to see the judicial system effectively policing their own ranks. Now, if the prosecutors can just out-lawyer Judge Kent’s lawyers and that is never a given–is it–then this guy might spend appropriate time on the other side of the great legal divide.


    I ignore most of the trolling posts but four continuous and irrelevant posts to a single thread is a bit excessive.

  7. Former Fed,
    I agree with you. At some point those troll posts should be removed. This judge is in serious trouble and it looks like he is a dirty old man and he should be spending some time upriver.

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