U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Kent Checks into Devens Federal Medical Center
WASHINGTON — Four months after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice, U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent entered a federal medical prison in Ayer, Mass., Monday to begin a 33-month sentence stemming from years of predatory sexual assaults on two federal courthouse employees.
The 59-year-old jurist surrendered to authorities at the Devens Federal Medical Center, a 1,300-bed facility west of Boston that houses felons requiring the long-term medical and mental health treatment that Kent has requested.
Disgraced federal judge Samuel Kent is scheduled to report Monday to a Massa chusetts prison that specializes in care for felons with medical or mental health problems. He’ll join a mobster who recently appeared in court by video from a prison wheelchair, a number of child pornographers, embezzlers and drug abusers, among the 1,300 or so others.
Kent is scheduled to turn himself in to the Devens Federal Medical Center in Ayer, Mass., about 40 miles west of Boston. He’s due by 2 p.m. Monday, a week shy of his 60th birthday. The judge, who is also facing a fast-tracked impeachment by the U.S. Congress, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice by lying to a judicial panel about his repeated sexual molestation of two former female employees. Kent admitted his assaults and was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison.