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Kansas judge resigns ahead of disciplinary hearing

Associated Press - September 10, 2016 3:54 pm

Victim advocates are criticizing a Kansas judge's recent reference to the novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" in an alleged rape case.

A Kansas judge facing a disciplinary hearing related to a sexual-harassment case against him has submitted his resignation and wants the hearing canceled as moot.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2cbU5UN) reports Sedgwick County Judge Timothy Henderson sent a resignation letter Tuesday to Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss and Gov. Sam Brownback. Henderson gave Sunday – Sept. 11 – as his official resignation date.

Henderson lost his re-election bid last month.

The high court last year suspended Henderson for 90 days after finding he committed “wide-ranging” misconduct. The court said that included subjecting multiple female attorneys and staff members to repeated inappropriate, offensive comments.

Henderson is scheduled to appear before the court for a new disciplinary hearing Monday over questions whether he tried to cover up the inappropriate conduct.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com.