Man takes plea deal in sexual misconduct case

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JOHNSON COUNTY (WISH) – A former tutor for Northwood Elementary School in Franklin, who was accused of sexual misconduct and child soliciting, agreed to a plea deal for lesser charges on Tuesday.

According 24-Hour News 8’s news partners at the Daily Journal prosecutors offered 79-year-old Charles Hoffman two years probation after he plead guilty to three misdemeanor charges.

The lesser charges were decided on after realizing the victim’s testimony and other evidence would not result in a felony conviction. The prosecutors also say because he was a first time offender he would not have been handed down a lengthy sentence for the crime.

The agreement includes two years probation and Hoffman must stay more than one mile of the victim and can’t have contact with her. He does not have to register as a sex offender but must stay within 1,000 feet of the school and complete a psychological evaluation.

In July Hoffman was accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old for about nine months. During is tenure he tutored around 20-25 children in math and English. Prosecutors and police could not find any other evidence of sexual misconduct with any other children.

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