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District Judge Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Charges

Law360 (January 7, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A U.S. district judge has pled not guilty to charges that he engaged in illegal sexual contact with a co-worker and a second woman at work in a Galveston, Texas, courthouse.

Judge Samuel Kent, who also was charged with witness tampering, appeared Wednesday for his arraignment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

After his public plea, the courtroom was cleared over the defendant's objections. According to court documents, the government was granted permission by visiting U.S. District Judge C. Roger Vinson,...
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