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Crime & Courts

Huntley teacher pleads not guilty in phone, iPod theft case

WOODSTOCK – A Huntley High School teacher accused of stealing a student’s cellphone and iPod pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Kimberlee L. Hoffmann, 42, faces one count of theft of mislaid or lost property, a Class A misdemeanor. She is the junior varsity cheerleading coach and has taught in the district for nine years.

Hoffmann’s attorney, Dan Hofmann, who is not related, said his client has been placed on paid administrative leave.

He filed a speedy-trial demand and said he hopes a not guilty finding will help Hoffmann get back to work.

“I’m convinced she’s innocent of the charges,” Hofmann said. “Hopefully, I can bring that to light in the next few weeks.”

Police said the student went into a school bathroom Sept. 5 and forgot her iPod Touch and Motorola Atrix phone in a stall. The items were gone when the student returned to get them five minutes later.

Hoffmann and the student were the only people in the bathroom at the time of the incident, police said.

Days later, police traced the cellphone through its GPS to Hoffmann’s address in Marengo.

Hoffmann returned the items after police confronted her Sept. 10, authorities said. Music, videos and photos had been erased on the iPod; the phone was intact, they said.

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