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Texas judge gets 33 months in sex abuse case

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A federal district court judge in Texas was recently sentenced to 33 months in prison for lying about allegations that he sexually abused his secretary.

In February, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Judge Samuel B. Kent pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice. Kent’s original indictment had also included three counts of abusive sexual contact, one count of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of attempted aggravated abuse.

According to the obstruction of justice charge, Kent misled a special committee investigating the case when he lied about his interactions with two victims.

A U.S. Department of Justice statement said prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining five abuse counts and seek a sentence no longer than three years. Kent had previously pleaded not guilty to the six counts, but later changed his plea.
The two victims are Cathy McBroom, Kent’s former case manager, and Donna Wilkerson, his former secretary.

As part of his sentence, Kent will have to pay $3,300 to McBroom and $3,250 to Wilkerson. He faces three years of probation on release.

Judge Roger Vinson, based in the Northern District of Florida and temporarily presiding over the case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, imposed the sentence.

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