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U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts is pictured before the start of a ceremony at the federal courthouse in Washington, May 1, 2008
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The chief U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C., could face a congressional investigation in connection with a sexual abuse lawsuit filed Wednesday by a Utah woman.

Richard W. Roberts, the chief U.S. district judge for Washington, D.C., submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday as news of the suit emerged, The National Law Journal and The Washington Post reported. The Post reported that he cited health reasons.

The court didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday night, and Roberts was still listed as chief judge on the court’s website…

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