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Houston : TX : USA | Aug 29, 2008 at 9:44 AM PDT
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Houston: A federal judge has been indicted on sex abuse charges, the Justice Department says.

Samuel Kent, a U.S. District Court Judge in Texas, faces one count of attempted aggravated sexual abuse and two counts of abusive sexual contact.

The indictment claims Kent, 59, "did knowingly engage in sexual contact with another person without that other person's permission." That person, who is not identified in the filing, is described as a court employee. The Chronicle identifies the alleged victim, who says the abuse started in 2003.

The judge's lawyer denied the allegations and said his client is "angry and anxious to go to trial."

"It's a classic case of a 'He said she said' - but everything that happened between them was enthusiastically consensual," the judge's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, tells The Houston Chronicle.

Kent is set to appear in court -- on the other side of the bench -- next Wednesday.

KHOU-TV says Kent was suspended for four months late last year as a result of the employee's complaints. He is not allowed to hear any cases involving sexual harassment, the station says.

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