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Patrick Moran, Congressman's Son, Pleads Guilty in Domestic Violence Case

Moran's girlfriend releases statement calling police report 'inaccurate,' saying that she fell.

Patrick Moran, the son of longtime Democratic congressman Jim Moran, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to simple assault stemming from a domestic violence incident earlier this month in Washington.

Moran, 23, who lives on South Randolph Street in Arlington, also remains under investigation by state and local authorities thanks to a video that surfaced before the November election in which he appears to give advice on how to skirt voter identification laws.

On Dec. 1, Moran and his girlfriend of six months, Kelly Hofmann, were arguing inside The Getaway in Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood over Moran talking to another woman, according to a police report supplied to Patch by the District of Columbia court system and first reported by Washington City Paper.

At 1:23 a.m. Dec. 1, officers saw the two arguing outside the club, in the 3400 block of 14th Street NW. Moran grabbed the woman by the back of her head and slammed it into a metal trashcan cage, the police report states.

Hofmann, in a statement obtained by Patch, said the police account of the incident was "inaccurate" — that one of her heels gave out and she fell.

The night of the incident, Hofmann was bleeding heavily from her nose, and her nose and right eye were "extremely swollen," the report states. She was transported to a nearby hospital. At the time, officers believed she could have suffered a broken nose and possibly a skull fracture.

Moran was charged with felony assault, domestic violence. Wednesday morning, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge — simple assault — in DC Superior Court, according to online court documents.

Moran was sentenced to 90 days, which was suspended. He won't have to serve time, but he will have to perform 50 hours of community service, pay $50 to the victim and complete a domestic violence intervention program.

Moran will remain on probation for one year. An order to stay away from Hofmann was lifted, though court documents state he is not to threaten, harass or assault her as a condition of his probation.

His conviction also prohibits from him buying or owning a firearm, DC Courts spokeswoman Anita Jarman told Patch. It wasn't immediately clear Wednesday afternoon how long the firearm prohibition will be effective.

"This was an accident that has been blown out of proportion," Hofmann said in a statement obtained by Patch. "The statements in the police report are inaccurate. Pat and I were arguing, one of my high heels gave out, and I fell into the side of a trashcan. On impact, I fractured my nose. False conclusions were made as a result. I hope our privacy will be respected."

A source familiar with the incident told Patch the couple was "over-served" at the bar and that Hofmann testified in Patrick Moran's defense on Wednesday. Jarman was not immediately able to confirm that.

Jim Moran cares deeply about the two, but he is disappointed they were out too late and drank too much, the source told Patch.

“Patrick and Kelly are both good kids, and I hope their privacy will be respected," Jim Moran said in a statement. "They look forward to putting this embarrassing situation behind them.”

In late October, a conservative operative caught Patrick Moran on video apparently giving advice on how to skirt voter identification laws.

That video — released by activist James O'Keefe, whose methods and accuracy have been questioned in the past — has sparked a state and local investigation.

Officials with the Arlington County Police Department, the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for Arlington and Falls Church, and the state Attorney General's Office told Patch on Wednesday that investigation remains ongoing.

Note: Hofmann's last name is spelled differently in court documents than in the statement from her obtained by Patch.

This story has been edited to remove Patrick Moran's specific address.

Brian Gateson December 12, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Like father, like son. Except that Jim Moran got away with beating his wife, since Alexandria's Finest looked the other way.
Dave Webster December 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Normally when you fall you put your hand out in front of you, even if you've been drinking. She suffered a broken nose, a swollen eye, and a possible eye socket fracture, all of which are more consistent with having your head slammed into an object. If all that happened was that her heel broke and she fell, why did Patrick Moran plead guilty to anything? It seems more likely that the police officer was prepared to testify he saw her attacked and that the prosecutor agreed to a lesser charge because the girlfriend was an uncooperative witness. That is speculation on my part but the fact remains Patrick Moran plead guilty to a criminal act.
Josie December 13, 2012 at 12:27 AM
She broke her heel and fell into a trash can?! uh sure. Hope this girl wises up... after 6 months he does this to her? Wait til he really gets to know her. geesh. Let me guess.. the Morans are all for gun control? Wouldnt want the ladies fighting back .. would they?
Lewis December 13, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Wow, first two DC Police officers LIED about witnessing an assault. Then the prosecutors went ahead and pressed charges anyway. Then the poor kid not only is forced to plead guilty to a crime he didn't commit, but has to suffer a whole year of probation when the "victim's" skull might not have even been fractured! This is a heartbreaking miscarriage of justice.
Dave Webster December 13, 2012 at 09:41 AM
In looking at the charging documents it is clear that the police officers were not mistaken. "Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. S. Paul from the 5th District Vice Unit and along with Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Investigator Craig Stewart observed a white male later found to be known as D-1 (Moran) grab a white female by the back of her head with his hand and slam her head into the metal trash can cage in front of the nightclub 'The Gateway.'" So Rep. Moran is guilty of minimizing a violent domestic assault by calling it "an embarassing incident" and then of helping to cover up the crime by having his office issue an obviously false statement made by the victim who has chosen not to pursue this matter.
McBrinn December 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Wow. What a piece of sh*t.
Steve December 13, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Domestic abusers learn by watching someone else do it as they group up. It probably helps when they don’t witness any consequences for it. Maybe if Alexandria authorities (and Democrats) had held the role model accountable years ago this could’ve been avoided. Proud of yourselves?
Gillian December 13, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Silly girl, it only gets worse, never better, with a guy who abuses. Hope you take a look at why you pick such losers.
Lewis December 13, 2012 at 09:18 PM
"Please respect the privacy of my son, who admittedly assaulted his girlfriend on a public street. Please respect her privacy as well, as she publicly accuses the police officers who came to her rescue of lying."
Monica Meeks December 14, 2012 at 12:14 AM
This is a typical route that victims of domestic violence take after they see that the defendant will be found guilty. They change their story, recant everything, and lie, blaming the police. It takes the average battered woman 5 to 7 times to leave her abuser. How sad that this young woman is lying on his behalf. Hopefully, one day she'll wise up...and do it before the police are taking her out in a body bag.
John Frank December 14, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Deport the rich
John Frank December 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Bill Clinton always told them to “just put some ice on it”
Michael Josef Basl December 22, 2012 at 10:48 PM
http://www.michaeljosefbasl.blogspot.com

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