Man with prior sex offense conviction pleads not guilty to new charges of child porn possession

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Jonah Beleckis | June 28, 2017

ELKHORN—A man with a previous child sex offense conviction pleaded not guilty Wednesday to taking inappropriate pictures of a young child he knows and possessing child pornography.

Michael B. Hoffer, 59, formerly of Darien, faces 16 counts of child porn possession and one count of child sexual exploitation by filming as a persistent repeater, according to the criminal complaint filed in Walworth County Court.

A woman reported to Delavan police June 4 that a cellphone belonging to Hoffer had several pictures of a young child's private parts, according to the complaint. Police executed a search warrant June 6 and found 31 pictures of a young child and one four-second video of the same child.

In 2000, Hoffer pleaded guilty to one count of sexual contact with a person younger than 16, according to court records.

Hoffer is scheduled for a status conference at 1:15 p.m. Aug. 30.

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