Letter to the Editor: Patrick Moran, Congressman's Son, Responds to Assault Charge

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Patrick Moran, son of Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, this week pleaded guilty to a simple assault charge stemming from what law enforcement categorized as a domestic violence incident on Dec. 1. The victim — Moran's girlfriend of six months, Kelly Hofmann — subsequently issued a statement saying the incident had been blown out of proportion. A source familiar with the case told Patch this week that Hofmann testified on Moran's behalf in court.


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Hi Jason,

For the record, I would like to make clear, as I did in court on this past Wednesday; I take strong issue with the off-duty, plain-clothed MPD officer’s description of what occurred early December 1.

I cannot help but feel that the grossly inaccurate details of the report were as a result of being intolerably disrespectful to that officer. For that I apologize to him. I know that if it were not for the amount of alcohol I had consumed, I would never have acted in such a way. Though, alcohol or not, there is no excuse.

As Kelly made clear in court, the injury she sustained was not intentional. However, given the poor judgment that I had exercised leading up to that event, I accept responsibility. The way in which I acted to her was entirely unacceptable, and I should have been far more protective of her physical welfare than I was that night. For that, I could not be more sorry.

And lastly, I understand that given my Father’s position, I should expect to be held accountable to a higher standard. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to my family and friends and in particular Kelly for putting them in this situation and all of the negative attention that has been brought upon them as a result. They deserve better from me.


Patrick Brian Moran

SouthArlJD December 15, 2012 at 09:01 PM
It's never a bad thing to own up to ones failings and take responsibility for them. Good for him.
Dave Webster December 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM
This is the statement from the police report: ""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.'" If Patrick Moran is telling the truth, we must conclude that this statement is a lie which was made up by the officers because Patrick Moran was being so disrespectful that they wanted to teach him a lesson by having him falsely charged with a felony. If Patrick Moran and his girlfriend are telling the truth we must conclude that her fractured nose, swollen eye and possible eye socket fracture were all caused when her heel broke and she fell into a trash can. He states "I should have been more protective of her physical welfare than I was that night." What exactly does that mean?
Edmund Lewis December 16, 2012 at 01:14 AM
"There is no excuse." He offered a variety of excuses for what occurred that night. None of which match up with the accounts of two law enforcement officers. No innocent person, especially an innocent person whose father is a powerful US Congressman, pleads guilty to a lesser charge if nothing illegal occurred in the first place. This young man is not owning up to his failings as a man, he is continuing to offer excuses and attempt to spin a story after his admission of guilt. Mr. Moran is hoping the court of public opinion will be kinder than the judicial court. Shame on him.
Elizabeth Fogel December 16, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Typical of an abused woman...things were 'blown out of proportion'...I am sure that Mr. Moran's father's status had NOTHING to do with her backing down. I hope this woman gets the help she needs. Once an abuser, always an abuser.


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