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Londonderry man, 'worst kind of sexual predator,' faces decades in prison after 21 convictions

By Dan Miller

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Posted 12/12/19

A Londonderry Township man will be sentenced March 4 after being convicted Wednesday on 21 charges of sexual molestation involving five underaged victims from 1995 to 2016.

Keith Alan Hoffa, 55, …

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Londonderry man, 'worst kind of sexual predator,' faces decades in prison after 21 convictions

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A Londonderry Township man is to be sentenced March 4 after being convicted Dec. 11 on 21 charges of sexual molestation involving five underaged victims from 1995 to 2016.

Keith Alan Hoffa, 55, formerly of the 200 block of North Geyers Church Road, was found guilty after a three-day trial before Dauphin County Court Judge Deborah Curcillo.

Hoffa faces a mandatory sentence of at least 25 to 50 years in prison, as Hoffa was already a convicted sex offender before the new charges were filed against him in 2018, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Sean McCormack.

The charges were brought against Hoffa in a March 2018 indictment based on a county grand jury investigation.

The charges allege he sexually molested six victims from 1995 to December 2016. They ranged from 9 to 16 years old.

Curcillo convicted Hoffa of molesting five of the victims, according to a post on the Dauphin County Crimewatch site.

Hoffa was convicted of molesting the victims over 25 years, according to the Crimewatch post.

McCormack in an email told the Press & Journal that some of the victims were younger when Hoffa started molesting them than what investigators had originally thought.

But the charges and official dates of the offenses remain consistent with the grand jury presentment, McCormack said.

Many of the offenses occurred at Hoffa’s residence. Others occurred while the victims were riding with Hoffa in his vehicle, or at other locations, according to the presentment.

Several of the victims took the stand during the trial, including one victim, now in her 20s, who struggled to describe how Hoffa raped her when she was 12, according to Crimewatch.

“At times you could hear a pin drop, it was so quiet as a victim would struggle to find the strength to tell what Hoffa did to them. In the end, they found the strength,” McCormack told the Press & Journal after the trial.

Taking the stand in his own defense, Hoffa admitted to having molested a 14-year-old girl in 1998, but refused to admit that his actions were for his own sexual gratification.

McCormack in the Crimewatch post described Hoffa as “the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing. He appears to be this nice, helpful guy, but in reality he is the worst kind of sexual predator. He knows by society’s rules he legally is sexually violating his victims but in his own mind he believes he is doing nothing wrong. We are safer today because he will never walk our streets ever again.”

McCormack in the email said he believed Hoffa “was the only person in the courtroom surprised by the verdict,” when Curcillo found him guilty.

Hoffa in 1998 was convicted in Dauphin County Court of aggravated indecent assault, McCormack said.

According to the March 2018 grand jury presentment, one of the six victims alleged that Hoffa had molested her from 1997 to 1999, including while Hoffa was awaiting trial on the aggravated indecent assault charge.

The grand jury indictment also said Hoffa had allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl in 2006 while on probation stemming from the earlier conviction.

First Assistant Public Defender Mary Klatt, who represented Hoffa, in her closing argument urged Curcillo to acquit Hoffa on a charge of trying to obstruct the police investigation by pressuring a witness, according to an article by PennLive.

Curcillo found Hoffa guilty of the obstruction charge.

However, McCormack agreed to withdraw three aggravated indecent assault counts, according to PennLive.

The new charges detailing Hoffa’s efforts to obstruct prosecutors and intimidate witnesses were filed by investigators with the county district attorney’s office in October.

According to these new charges, Hoffa among other things made more than 2,400 phone calls to just one of the witnesses while in Dauphin County Prison. He also called one of the alleged victims six times from the county prison during two days in July, according to investigators.

These new charges against Hoffa are still pending in county court, McCormack told the Press & Journal.

The March 2018 charges filed against Hoffa led Middletown Borough Council Nov. 19 to vote to stop using a structure Hoffa had donated to the borough for use as a Santa house in 2016.

The decision occurred after family members of one of Hoffa’s victims told Council President Angela Lloyd that seeing the house brought back painful memories for the victim, who was 9 years old when she was molested by Hoffa.

The structure had been rebuilt from the inside out after Hoffa donated it to the borough, and the grand jury presentment does not say for certain that any of the offenses took place inside the structure while it was on Hoffa’s property.

Following council’s Nov. 19 decision, Mayor James H. Curry III launched an effort for the community to build a new Santa house in time for the Nov. 30 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.

The effort succeeded, and Curry unveiled the new Santa house during the ceremony.