Rumford-based lawyer pleads guilty to domestic violence terrorizing

Posted May 02, 2014, at 7:45 p.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — The Oxford County lawyer who admitted he phoned in two bomb threats to local schools in 2012 pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor domestic violence terrorizing charge as part of a plea agreement.

Also as part of the agreement, Ronald Hoffman, 54, of Sumner has resigned from the Maine Bar effective May 19, Somerset District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Friday evening.

Hoffman, whose law office is in Rumford, was charged in February with domestic violence terrorizing in connection with a comment he made about his wife in front of workers at Rumford District Court, according to the court clerk’s office. The case was transferred to Farmington District Court.

Hoffman’s wife supported the plea agreement, Maloney said.

“This is what she wanted,” Maloney said, adding that the victim is in the process of divorcing Hoffman and “wants to put this behind her.”

Sentencing has been deferred for a year if Hoffman complies with the plea agreement, Maloney said.

Hoffman was suspended from practicing law in October of last year but that suspension was lifted with conditions that he be monitored by another lawyer and not commit any new crimes.

Hoffman’s suspension was the result of his conviction for misdemeanor terrorizing in connection with bomb threats to Cushing and Academy Hill schools in Wilton on May 28, 2012, according to a previously published report. He pleaded no contest to the charge and was sentenced to a year in jail but that sentence was suspended.

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