Criminal Justice

Maine Criminal Defense Lawyer Charged with Calling In 'Bizarre' Bomb Threats to Elementary Schools

A high-profile Maine criminal defense lawyer is himself charged with two misdemeanor counts of terrorizing after police say he called two elementary schools on a cellphone and made bomb threats that resulted in an evacuation.

Ron Hoffman, 52, who practices in Rumford, is accused of making what Mount Blue Regional School Unit Superintendent Michael Cormier described as “bizarre” threats, the Lewiston Sun Journal reports.

Cormier said authorities were able to trace the call because the school secretary who received it did not hang up.

The newspaper was not able to reach Hoffman for comment.

Another Sun Journal article says that Hoffman, who is a sole practitioner, could get as much as 364 days and a $2,000 fine on each count if he is convicted.

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