Former Manzanita Elementary School teacher identified by jury as sexually violent predator

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A former Manzanita Elementary School teacher in Redding was identified as a sexually violent predator and committed to a state hospital indefinitely after being charged with 12 counts of child molestation

According to the Shasta County District Attorney's office Joshua Hoffman was charged in 2008 with 11 counts of molesting several fifth-grade students. Hoffman was 26-years-old at the time. A twelfth count involved inappropriately touching an 11-year-old in Glendora in Southern California years earlier, when Hoffman was 19.

At the time of Hoffman's arrest in July of 2008, Redding Police Captain Peter Hansen said the Redding Police Department had investigated Hoffman for a month, after three female students came forward saying Hoffman touched them inappropriately during school.

"What makes this difficult is sometimes we place trust in those individuals that have access to our children," Captain Hansen said in an interview with KRCR in 2008. "That makes this crime a bit more serious. You have a person in a position of trust that has taken advantage of young people."

Hoffman had previously pled to three counts and been sentenced to eight years in prison in 2009. While he was in prison Hoffman was identified as a potential Sexually Violent Predator by a psychological screening.

According to the District Attorney's Office Department of State Hospitals psychologist Dr. Gangaw Zaw diagnosed Mr. Hoffman with pedophilic disorder and argued that based on his psychological profile, he posed an unreasonable risk of reoffending.

Friday, a jury decided Hoffman will be involuntarily and indefinitely committed to Coalinga State Hospital, where sex offender treatment will be made available.

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