Child Abuse

A longtime Virginia Beach Police sergeant was arrested Saturday evening and charged with assaulting his wife, according to police and court records.

Sgt. Shawn Walter Hoffman, 57, who functions as a supervisor in the internal affairs division, was billed with one count of misdemeanor assault and battery of a member of family.

Emergency responders were called to Hoffman’s home, in the 2400 block of Smokehouse Road, about 11:45 p.m., regarding to court records and police. The home is definitely near Nimmo Parkway and Seaboard Street in the Red Mill community.

Hoffman’s wife informed arriving officers that her husband pushed her down the stairs. She had visible accidents to her elbow and knee consistent with a fall, relating to a criminal complaint filed Monday morning in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courtroom.

The complaint states that Hoffman denied pushing her.

Hoffman’s stepdaughter, who filed a handwritten incident report Sunday, mentioned that she walked in to the house that night and found her mom sitting in the bottom of the stairs.

“I asked her what happened and she shook her head,” the stepdaughter wrote. “Then my stepdad stated loudly, ‘I didn’t push her.’ And she responded with, ‘Yes he do.’ ”

The stepdaughter continued to say that a dog gate used on the stairs was broken in two and lying on to the floor, and her mother’s elbow was bleeding.

“My dad kept saying, ‘We didn’t force her,’ and ‘I’d end my career,’ ” she wrote in the statement. “Then he began crying intensly (sic) and went upstairs and proceeded to go in his closet and I heard him load a gun.

“Then I heard a click. He ... halfway stepped out of his area sobbing and stated, ‘I did not push your mother.’ ”

The stepdaughter wrote that she then went out a back again door and called police.

Hoffman could not end up being reached for comment Monday. He’s a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach and offers been with the section for 36 years, according to a bail dedication sheet in his courtroom file.

He’s among six sergeants assigned to the internal affairs division and a supervisor there, stated Linda Kuehn, a law enforcement spokeswoman. He proved helpful as a homicide detective before that.

In 2016, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the very top Cop Awards Dinner sponsored by Better Hampton Roads Crime Lines.

He’s probably best known for securing confessions in two high-profile Virginia Beach murder cases: the 1991 killing of two young boys that Shawn Paul Novak, after that 16, was afterwards convicted ; and a quadruple murder at the Witchduck Inn in 1994. In Steve Probst that case, he got a confession from Denise Holsinger for her part in the killings.

He’s at the guts of an work to obtain a conviction thrown out for Darnell Phillips, a Virginia Beach man sentenced in 1991 to 100 years in prison for the rape and beating of a 10-year-old female. Hoffman testified at trial that he got a confession from Phillips within minutes of talking to him and shortly after two additional detectives failed to obtain one after hours of questioning.

Phillips offers denied confessing to Hoffman rather than signed a declaration. Hoffman told jurors he didn’t document the confession because he didn’t have a notebook with him.

While the department conducts an administrative investigation stemming from the misdemeanor charge, Hoffman will be reassigned and relocated, police said.

He was released on an unsecured relationship after his arrest. A short court time has been planned for July 12.

If convicted, Hoffman could face up to a 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

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