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“Predator” Gets 25 to 50 in State Prison for Raping Boy for Over a Decade

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A Bristol Township man will spend 25 to 50 years in prison for the repeated sexual assault of a boy during a 12-year period from 1995 to 2007.

David Charles Hofmann, 62, was found guilty in December on charges of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person less than 13 years old, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person less than 16 years old, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old, statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors.

Hofmann was sentenced on Monday, April 25, 2022, by Common Pleas Judge Brian T. McGuffin. He was also deemed a sexually violent predator by the state’s Sex Offender Assessment Board.

The victim testified before the sentencing, saying Hofmann destroyed his childhood and affected his life in every capacity. Hofmann began sexually abusing the victim in the summer of 1995, mostly frequently at the victim’s home. Over the years of abuse, Hofmann plied the victim with numerous gifts to buy his silence.

During the assaults, Hofmann was considered a friend to the victim’s family, referred to as “Uncle Dave,” and lived with the victim’s family at various times throughout the 12-year period of abuse.

In 2007, the victim disclosed the abuse to his parents, but the abuse was not reported to police at that time. However, the victim’s parents recorded a video conversation with Hofmann. In the video, which was played during his trial, Hofmann admitted to sexually abusing the victim.

Thirteen years after the abuse ended, the victim, now in his 30s, walked into the Falls Township Police Department in February 2020 to report Hofmann.

In a second recorded confession, Hofmann, in a phone conversation with the victim, again admitted to repeatedly sexually abusing the victim when he was a boy.

After Hofmann’s conviction, District Attorney Matt Weintraub said, “With his brave decision to come forward once he was ready to do so, this brave victim sends a powerful message to victims of sex abuse everywhere: it’s never too late to speak your truth.”

The case was investigated by Falls Township Police Detective Stephen Reeves and Bucks County Detective Robert Gorman. Deputy District Attorney Sarah K. Heimbach prosecuted the case.

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Cops, Courts & Fire - Yardley Borough

More than 80 Police Departments across Southeast Pennsylvania to Target Aggressive Drivers during Statewide Mobilization

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that more than 80 municipal police departments from Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties will join the Pennsylvania State Police in a coordinated aggressive driving enforcement wave. This collective effort, part of a statewide mobilization running through August 18, is aimed at reducing the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our area roadways, ensuring your safety on the road.

The enforcement wave will target heavy truck violations, pedestrian safety, red light running, and tailgating. Motorists demonstrating unsafe behaviors, such as driving too fast for conditions or other aggressive actions, will also be cited.

Law enforcement will utilize strategies such as traffic enforcement zones, saturation patrols, speed enforcement details, corridor enforcement, work zone enforcement, and multi-jurisdictional patrol to identify and cite aggressive drivers.
The enforcement is part of Pennsylvania’s Highway Safety Program and is funded by part of PennDOT’s investment of federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you encounter an aggressive driver, PennDOT offers these tips:

  • Get out of their way and don’t challenge them.
  • Stay relaxed, avoid eye contact, and ignore rude gestures.
  • Don’t block the passing lane if you drive slower than most traffic.
  • Do not attempt to follow or pursue the vehicle. You or a passenger may call the police. But, if you use a cell phone, pull over to a safe location.
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    According to 2023 PennDOT crash data, there were 1,363 aggressive driving crashes, resulting in 39 fatalities and 104 suspected serious injuries in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Aggressive driving crashes involve at least two aggressive driving factors in the same crash. Factors include, but are not limited to, running stop signs or red lights, tailgating, careless turning or passing, and driving too fast for conditions.

    The goal of targeted enforcement is to reduce the number of aggressive driving-related crashes, injuries, and deaths on roadways throughout the state. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a ticket.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Falls Township

2-Vehicle Accident in Falls Sends 1 to Hospital with Injuries, Cops Say

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What was initially thought to be a vehicle accident  with a motorist trapped and a fire burning  turned out to be a two vehicle accident caused by an improper left turn, police said late Friday in Falls Township.

At approximately 7 p.m. on last night, the Fairless Hills Fire Company – Station 31 was dispatched for  a report of an auto extraction near the exit of Commerce Blvd. to N. Oxford Valley Rd.

Tipsters, commenters and readers said they did not see a fire of any kind in the area of the reported accident.

There was an accident on Oxford Valley Road at Cabot Boulevard,  two vehicles were involved, but no car fire that I’m aware, said Lt Chris Clark

“The fire department responded for entrapment but both drivers were conscious and alert. One driver was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The accident was caused by an improper left turn,” Clark said.

 

 

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Falls Township

Levittown Man Held on Firearm Charges Stemming From Philadelphia Altercation

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A Levittown man who got into verbal altercation in Philadelphia and is forbidden, due to a felony robbery conviction almost 25 years ago, is facing serious charges from Falls  Township Police.

Police were dispatched, on June 24 at approximately 1:30 p.m., to Poplar Lane in Levittown to assist the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD)  with an armed subject investigation, according to court records,. 

The officer said he was informed by PPD that the sole occupant of a white 2020 Honda Odyssey, bearing Pennsylvania registration “JCK 7288”, got into a fight with another subject, pulled a firearm from the rear seat area, and pointed it at the victim. 

The incident occurred at approximately 1:20 p.m. in Philadelphia. FTPD said,  the operator was described to them as a black male, with a beard, wearing a white shirt and black pants, The officer researched the Honda, found it was registered to a Poplar Lane address, and using the a License Plate Reader search  application, he learned the Honda was on Bristol Pike at Levittown Parkway at 1:14 p.m.

The officer said, he arrived at Poplar Lane and Pinewood Drive and observed the Honda parked in the driveway of the Poplar Lane residence. He also observed the subject, later identified as Jamal Harper, 48, entering the driver seat of the Honda, reverse out the driveway, and drive towards the patrol vehicle. The officer exited the patrol vehicle and waved at Harper, who stopped the Honda and spoke to the officer, said the probable cause.

The officer informed Harper of the investigation, which Harper admitted being involved and stated he was approached by a Spanish speaking male who displayed brass knuckles. Harper denied pointing a weapon and  denied possessing any weapons. Twice Harper was asked for his consent for a search of the vehicle and agreed both times.  After opening the rear driver sliding door, the officer observed the rear seat area to be wide open, as it is outfitted for wheelchair accessibility. Directly behind the two front seats, was a camouflage backpack, positioned in the open floor area. The officer opened the backpack, observed a black polymer handgun and multiple glass jars containing suspected marijuana, said FTPD.

Researching Harper’s criminal history, Police learned he was convicted in 1996 of felony robbery in Philadelphia, which Harper confirmed. Harper does not have a valid permit to carry a firearm. The officer re-entered the Honda, took possession of the black polymer handgun and observed it was an authentic 9mm Taurus handgun. The officer ejected the extended magazine and observed it to be fully loaded with 17 9mm rounds. He pulled the slide to the rear and ejected one live round from the chamber, according to the affidavit.

Harper was arraigned on two felony firearm counts and two lesser degree drug offenses  and was released on unsecured bail. His next court date is scheduled for August 6, court documents show.

 

 

 

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