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Alleged sexual abuser Hoffa made 2,500 phone calls trying to intimidate witnesses, new charges say

By Dan Miller

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Posted 11/21/19

Accused sexual abuser Keith Alan Hoffa made more than 2,400 phone calls — while in prison — to a witness in his case in an attempt to intimidate him, according to new charges filed last …

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Alleged sexual abuser Hoffa made 2,500 phone calls trying to intimidate witnesses, new charges say

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Accused sexual abuser Keith Alan Hoffa made more than 2,400 phone calls — while in prison — to a witness in his case in an attempt to intimidate him, according to new charges filed last month.

Multiple new counts — including intimidating witnesses and retaliation — have been filed against Hoffa, 55, the former Londonderry Township resident who in March 2018 was charged with sexually molesting six victims over a 21-year period.

In the letters to one of the witnesses, a minister, Hoffa said that if the minister did not cooperate that Hoffa would send letters to the man’s congregation aimed at “destroying his reputation.”

Besides the threatening letters, the affidavit alleges that Hoffa made “well over 2,500 phone calls to the witnesses in this case,” based on Dauphin County Prison phone records — including 2,404 calls made to the minister alone.

Hoffa also called one of the alleged victims in the sexual molestation charges six times from county prison on July 24 and July 25, according to court documents. The calls were made after Hoffa had been repeatedly told by the court not to have contact with victims, according to the affidavit.

On Oct. 28, the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office filed charges through District Judge Michael Smith against Hoffa, including stalking; criminal attempt of stalking — repeatedly communicating to cause fear; five felony counts of witness intimidation aimed at getting a victim to withhold testimony; and five felony counts of retaliation.

Hoffa, who is in Dauphin County Prison on $500,000 bail, was ordered bound over on all 12 charges during a preliminary hearing held before Smith on Nov. 13. He is to be arraigned on the charges in Dauphin County Court on Jan. 3, according to online court records.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by a county detective with the DA’s office, Hoffa while in Dauphin County Prison engaged in a pattern of writing letters and making phone calls from the prison, aimed at intimidating witnesses and a victim leading up to his trial on the sexual molestation charges from 2018.

The sexual molestation charges, including 15 felony and nine misdemeanor counts ranging from child rape to corruption of minors, were based on a grand jury indictment handed down against Hoffa. The indictment followed an investigation into Hoffa that was launched by a Dauphin County detective in February 2018.

Hoffa according to court records already had a criminal record before the detective started the investigation that led to the March 2018 sexual molestation charges.

According to the grand jury indictment, Hoffa in 1999 pleaded guilty in Dauphin County Court to aggravated indecent assault of a minor younger than 16 years old, indecent assault of a minor younger than 16, and two counts of endangering the welfare of children. Yet Hoffa allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl in 2006 while he was still on probation for an aggravated indecent assault conviction, according to the indictment.

As for these latest charges the affidavit says that Hoffa from Sept. 18, 2018, to October 2019 had written and sent letters to four witnesses regarding Hoffa’s upcoming trial on the sexual molestation charges from March 2018.

The four include an elementary school principal and three members of Hoffa’s family. Hoffa in the letters sought to intimidate and threaten all four witnesses, and tried to obstruct the child molestation investigation against him, according to the affidavit.

Hoffa’s actions “fit a pattern of intimidation used by the defendant during previous criminal prosecutions and civil proceedings,” the detective writes in the affidavit, including in 1998 when Hoffa while being prosecuted for the aggravated indecent assault of a minor and other charges had “repeatedly made contact with his victims, via mail, to encourage them not to cooperate with the criminal prosecution.”

On Nov. 19, Middletown Borough Council at the urging of Council President Angela Lloyd voted 3-2 to stop using as its Santa Claus house a shed that had formerly been attached to Hoffa’s property in the 200 block of North Geyers Church Road.