A judge accused of sex crimes pleaded guilty in court before his trial was to begin.
Wired PR News.com – A federal judge entered a guilty plea before the start of his sex-crimes trial on Monday. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent entered the plea of guilty to obstruction of justice in exchange for prosecutors dropping the sex-crime charges against him on the day jury selection for his trial was set to begin.
As noted by the AP, Kent had been charged in connection with allegations that he groped two female employees an attempted to force them into sex acts. He had six charges against him stemming from the alleged acts, five of them federal sex crime based, and the other for obstruction of justice. Kent’s guilty plea may land him up to 20 years in prison, and force him to pay up to $250,000 in fines.