Federal Judge Indicted on Sex Abuse Charges

A federal judge accused of sexual harassment by his fomer 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.

An agreement with prosecutors will allow Kent to surrender Wednesday for an initial court appearance, the Houston Chronicle reported in its online edition.

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 and often made obscene suggestions during the six years she worked for him.