On Monday, November 6, 2023, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma approved the resignation of Timothy Robert Henderson from the Oklahoma Bar Association pending disciplinary proceedings. The formal charges state that Henderson while serving as a judge of the District Court in Oklahoma County,  had engaged in secret, undisclosed sexual relationships with two Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorneys who prosecuted criminal cases before him as a judge.

The case is entitled “Oklahoma Bar Association v. Timothy Robert Henderson,” with case no. 7527.

Henderson resigned from his judicial position in March 2021 after three female attorneys accused him of sexual misconduct. While he claimed his involvement with two of the women was consensual, the allegations prompted his resignation as a district court judge.

One consequence of Henderson’s actions was the overturning of a murder conviction due to his relationship with the prosecutor involved in the case. Additional convictions were called into question as a result of the scandal. In August 2023, the Oklahoma Bar Association initiated disciplinary proceedings against Henderson to determine the appropriate disciplinary actions, including potential disbarment, in response to his conduct.

Henderson chose to resign from the bar association in October 2023, prior to a Professional Responsibility Tribunal scheduled for mid-November to address the disciplinary matters further. His resignation is considered equivalent to disbarment under bar rules. In his affidavit of resignation, Henderson acknowledged his conduct had discredited the legal profession and was prejudicial to the administration of justice.

After Henderson’s resignation, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma approved the removal of his name from the roll of attorneys and prohibited him from applying for reinstatement for five years.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that Timothy Robert Henderson’s resignation pending discipline be approved.”

Mr, Henderson served as a judge for Oklahoma Judicial District 7 from 2012 to 2021. He was first appointed to the position in July 2012 by Governor Mary Fallin to replace a retiring judge. Henderson won the election to full terms in 2014 and 2018.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.