Reprimanded Federal Judge Moved from Galveston to Houston

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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A federal judge in Texas on suspension for alleged sexual harassment of a worker and inappropriate behavior toward others is being relocated.

The Houston Chronicle reports U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent is being moved from Galveston to Houston.

The order was issued yesterday by an executive session of judges from the U.S. Southern District of Texas.

Kent was the only federal judge in Galveston.

The Judicial Council of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month reprimanded Kent after a lengthy investigation.

The council ordered Kent to serve a four-month leave of absence, which began September 1st.

Kent is set to return to the bench on January 2nd.

The order did not say if Kent would ever return to Galveston.

Federal judges will hear cases in Kent's Galveston courtroom, but they'll commute from Houston.