FORMER JUDGE CHARGED Former police chief released for evaluation (Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com) BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)
A former North Dakota police chief and judge who's facing sex charges involving a minor has been released from jail on a reduced bond so he can be evaluated at a sex-offender facility in Minnesota.
Fifty-five-year-old Randall Hoffman has been jailed on $500,000 cash bond since he pleaded not guilty in November.
A prosecutor told the Bismarck Tribune that the evaluation could lead to resolution of the case by plea agreement rather than trial.
Hoffman's attorney declined to comment to the Tribune.
Hoffman was Elgin police chief for about five years before his arrest. He was a state district judge for almost five years before he resigned in April 1999 after a disciplinary complaint accused him of showing disrespect for the court system.