WICHITA, Kan. — A southern 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.
Sedgwick County Judge Timothy Henderson sent a resignation letter Tuesday to state Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss and Gov. Sam Brownback, citing Sunday, Sept. 11, as his official resignation date, The Wichita Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/2cbU5UN ).
Henderson lost his re-election bid in last month’s Republican primary.
The high court last year suspended Henderson for 90 days without pay after finding he made “repeated inappropriate and offensive remarks” to female staff members and female prosecutors appearing in juvenile court.
Henderson had been the head judge for the juvenile court system in Sedgwick County but later was reassigned to the court’s civil department.
He is scheduled to appear before the court for a new disciplinary hearing Monday after the Commission on Judicial Qualification concluded he “was not candid or honest” and tried to “cover the inappropriate conduct of which he was accused and was found to have committed” during the previous disciplinary case.
The commission has recommended that Henderson be suspended for 30 days and face public censure.
“Testimony from a member of the Kansas bench that lacks candor and probity is unacceptable under any circumstances — but is particularly perverse when it occurs in the course of a disciplinary proceeding,” the panel has said.
Several of the women who have accused Henderson of sexual harassment worked for the Sedgwick County prosecutor’s office
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com