[Guest post by DRJ]
Judge Samuel Kent of Galveston, Texas, has served as a federal district court judge for 17 years. In May, an employee of the clerk’s office filed a sexual harassment complaint against Kent and as a result Kent was removed from the bench for 4 months. Following a confidential judicial investigation, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals subsequently reprimanded and suspended Kent.
Now more details of the allegations against Judge Kent have been made public:
“In March, U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent didn’t just sexually harass Cathy McBroom — he physically assaulted her, her attorney and her mother said.
McBroom’s mother, Mary Ann Schopp of Seabrook, and McBroom’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, confirmed a report by the Houston Chronicle that McBroom had accused Kent of something far more serious than harassment.
McBroom’s contention is that, on a Friday afternoon in March, Kent called her, a married mother of three, into his chambers. McBroom complained that the judge grabbed her, pulled up her shirt and bra and put his mouth on her breast, and then he shoved her head toward his crotch, Schopp and Hardin confirmed.
Kent and his attorney, Maria Boyce, have ignored repeated requests for comment.
The incident came after years of other incidents in which Kent verbally and physically harassed McBroom, her mother said. McBroom in 2003 complained to her boss in the federal clerk’s office in Galveston that Kent had groped her, but her boss told her she could lose her job if she filed a complaint, Schopp and Hardin confirmed.
Other women also have accused Kent of unwanted touching. Others have accused him of appearing in court after drinking. In addition, he has been accused of playing favorites among the lawyers that appeared in his court.”
Both Republican and Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee have called for an investigation into whether Kent should be impeached.