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Rep. Moran's son pleads guilty to assaulting girlfriend

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

The son of Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran pleaded guilty Wednesday to simple assault after a drunken fight with his girlfriend this month outside a Columbia Heights bar put her in the hospital.

Patrick Moran, 23, avoided jail time and was sentenced to a year of probation after his girlfriend did not press charges. Moran must complete the District's Domestic Violence Intervention Program.

According to a court document, on Dec. 1, police outside the Getaway at 1400 Meridian Place NW observed 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 female identified herself as Kelly Hofmann, Moran's girlfriend of six months. The two had been drinking heavily and arguing inside the bar about Moran talking to another woman.

Hofmann was bleeding from her nose, and her right eye was "extremely swollen," the report said. A medical technician on the scene said that Hofmann's nose looked broken and noted to officers that her eye socket was potentially fractured. Hofmann was taken to Howard University Hospital.

Moran was initially charged with felony domestic violence assault, but in a plea bargain the charges were reduced to simple assault.

In a statement released by Jim Moran's office, Hofmann called the police report "inaccurate" and denied that Moran caused her any physical harm.

"Pat and I were arguing, one of my high heels gave out, and I fell into the side of a trash can. On impact, I fractured my nose," Hofmann said. "I hope our privacy will be respected."

Jim Moran said in a statement that his son and Hofmann are "good kids" who "look forward to putting this embarrassing situation behind them."

The incident marked the second time in recent months that Patrick Moran found himself in hot water. In October, Moran was the subject of a criminal probe and was forced to resign from his father's re-election campaign after he was caught on camera coaching a man on how to commit voter fraud.

In a video distributed by a conservative group headed by activist James O'Keefe, Moran was approached by an undercover operative who claimed to be a Democratic campaign worker with the names of 100 Virginia residents who are registered to vote but unlikely to do so. Moran suggested the man should falsify utility bills and vote in their place.

Patrick Moran is one of Jim Moran's four children. Jim Moran has represented Northern Virginia in Congress since 1991.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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