The New York Law Journal by Daniel Wise - May 26, 2009
A 72-year-old lawyer was convicted last week after a three-day bench trial in the Bronx of sexually harassing a 34-year-old female law guardian during a Family Court proceeding in August. Acting Supreme Court Justice James M. Kindler convicted the lawyer, Robert Kahn, of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class B misdemeanor. Mr. Kahn was accused of "cupping the left side of [the law guardian's] buttocks" with his hand as she leaned over to retrieve a file from her brief case, according to the Bronx District Attorney's Office. Immediately following the conviction, Justice Kindler sentenced Mr. Kahn to a non-jail sentence upon the condition that he attend a counseling program for sex offenders. During the trial, the prosecution introduced into evidence a decision from the Firs Department Disciplinary Committee suspending Mr. Kahn for six months in 2005 for having engaged in a "pattern" of offensive remarks aimed at women lawyers, such as calling one "pig vomit on my shoes." He also acknowledged in the disciplinary proceeding asking an adversary to guess the bra size of her 14-year-old client.