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.
Patch has verified the letter's authenticity and is presenting it in its entirety.
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