Kansas federal judge reprimanded over harassment resigns
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Kansas federal judge reprimanded over harassment resigns

TOPEKA, Kan. — A federal judge in Kansas who was publicly reprimanded for sexually harassing female employees and having an extramarital affair with an offender resigned on Tuesday, saying he could no longer effectively serve on the court.

U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia, who was based in Kansas City, Kansas, said in his letter that his resignation will be effective April 1.

“In recent months, it has become clear that I can no longer effectively serve the Court in this capacity,” Murguia wrote. “I therefore tender my resignation with a heavy heart and profound apologies, out of respect for the federal judiciary, my colleagues, my community and — most importantly — my family.”

He was reprimanded in September by the Judicial Council for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said in its order that female employees accused Murguia of making sexually suggestive remarks and sending inappropriate texts to female employees, as well as having “excessive, non-work-related contact” with them.

The judge’s years-long affair with a habitual drug user who was on probation but was later sent back to prison left him susceptible to extortion, the council’s order said.

The judge, who was appointed to the federal bench in 1999, was also reprimanded for being habitually late to court proceedings and meetings.

The Associated Press

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