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Published August 29, 2012, 03:40 PM

Former judge disbarred for molestation conviction

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former North Dakota district judge has been disbarred after he was convicted for molesting a young girl.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former North Dakota district judge has been disbarred after he was convicted for molesting a young girl.

North Dakota's Supreme Court ordered Randall Hoffman disbarred on Wednesday.

Hoffman has been suspended from practicing law for almost nine years. He was working as the police chief in Elgin, in southwestern North Dakota, when he was accused of assaulting a teenage girl repeatedly over five years.

Hoffman pleaded guilty. Last October he was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.

Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle says Hoffman didn't challenge a disciplinary panel's recommendation that he be disbarred.

Hoffman served as a district judge in Jamestown for almost five years. He resigned in April 1999 after a disciplinary complaint accused him of showing disrespect for North Dakota's courts.

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