Gary Hoff (courtesy: Janesville Gazette)
For the second time this week, a homosexual teacher has been given no prison time for sexually assaulting one of his students.
The latest case involves Gary Hoff, a 44-year-old former choir instructor for the Parkview School District in Orfordville, Wis.
According to the Janesville Gazette, Rock County Judge Alan Bates sentenced Hoff to three years probation after he pleaded no contest to one count each of disorderly conduct and misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy, who now is 17.
Bates also ordered Hoff to pay a $1,000 fine, serve 30 hours of community service and have no contact with the victims. Hoff must also surrender his teaching license and participate in counseling and treatment required by his probation officer.
Another sexual assault victim of Hoff, former student Jeb McMahon, now 27, was hoping Bates would be tougher when it came to the sentence.
“I’m not happy with what all’s been found in the investigation,” McMahon told the court. “I would like to see you set a strong example that this is not something, as a community, we’re going to tolerate.”
McMahon’s assault occurred in 1993 when he was 15, but he didn’t report it until last year. Hoff was not charged in connection with that case, only a more recent incident in November 2004 in which he picked up a 17-year-old at the boy’s home for a planned “boys’ night out.”
Prosecutors handling the case stated:
Hoff told the boy other friends had canceled on plans for dinner and a movie, but he still took him out. The boy said Hoff hugged him while driving and being sexually aroused. The boy broke away from Hoff, who told him, “still looking good buddy.”
Hoff encouraged the boy to take his shirt off for a photo, claiming he resembled singer Justin Timberlake. He also massaged the teen’s back.
Returning home from the movie, Hoff offered the boy $20 to not wear his shirt. The boy said, “this was an easy $20.”
“I’m truly sorry to the court and would like to offer my heartfelt apologies to both Jeb and [the 17-year-old boy],” Hoff said during his sentencing hearing.
Hoff, a 17-year veteran of the district quit his position before the school board could take any disciplinary action. During his career, he oversaw many high-school musical productions and the school’s Pizzazz Show Choir, which he took to Branson, Mo., for a 2004 competition.
Three months before his arrest on the sexual assault charges, he pleaded no contest to procuring alcohol for another minor in 2004, and was ordered to pay a $243 fine.
Hoff’s avoidance of jail time comes the same week another homosexual teacher in Massachusetts avoided incarceration despite raping a teenage boy.
As WorldNetDaily is reporting, Gregory Pathiakis, 26, of Brockton, Mass., was given five years probation after pleading guilty to one count of rape of a child, enticement of a child under 16, five counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of harmful material to a child.
The jurist handling that case, Judge Suzanne Delvecchio, the first woman to be appointed chief justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, was honored in 2000 as the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Bar Association’s annual dinner.
Both cases are emerging on the heels of national outrage this month after a judge in Vermont gave an admitted child rapist a 60-day jail sentence.
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