ASEWU President arrested on second degree assault charges


By Jane Martin and Amy Meyer


This is an ongoing story that we will continue to update as we get more information.

October 1, 2012, 10:30 p.m.

ASEWU President Kaleb Hoffer was arrested and booked on charges of second degree assault following an altercation with his girlfriend, early Friday morning, according to Cheney Police Chief John Hensley.

The inmate roster at the Spokane County Jail indicated that Hoffer was booked shortly after 2 a.m. Friday. He was released without bail the same day, according to the roster.

Hensley said that police responded to a call from Hoffer’s girlfriend after the alleged incident. According to Hensley, the incident was sparked by an argument between Hoffer and his girlfriend after she confronted him about some texts he had sent to another girl.

According to Hensley, the argument escalated to the point that Hoffer’s girlfriend slapped him. She told police that Hoffer choked her and kicked her in the chest, he said.

Hensley said that when police arrived at the scene, they took note of swelling to the girlfriend’s upper lip and bruising around her collarbone.

“I have not been charged with anything and any story about me should reflect that,” Hoffer said in an interview on Facebook Saturday. “I was falsely accused and wrongfully arrested.”

“As far as we know, the charges have not been dropped. … [Hoffer] was released pending the filing of charges, [but] he did not get off free,” Hensley said.

Hensley said Monday that the process of filing charges was underway.

Hoffer said he was to meet with Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities Stacy Reese on Saturday. At press time, Reese was not available for comment.