Media Center

Former R.N. Sentenced To Prison For Emergency Room Sexual Assaults

 

MADISON - Former Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital R.N. Brian Hoffart, 40, of Grafton, has been sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting emergency room patients in 2004 and 2005.

 

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said that Hoffart appeared before Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Jeffery Wagner for sentencing on June 22, 2007. Hoffart previously entered no contest pleas to one felony count of third degree sexual assault and one misdemeanor count of fourth degree sexual assault.

 

Hoffart was sentenced on the felony count to 54 months of imprisonment to be served as 18 months initial confinement and 36 months extended supervision. On the misdemeanor count, Hoffart was sentenced to nine months in the House of Corrections to be served consecutive to the felony count. Conditions of extended supervision include maintaining absolute sobriety, completing AODA assessment and treatment, registration as a sex offender, and obtaining full time employment. Hoffart was remanded into custody.

 

According to the Department of Justice criminal complaint, on December 15, 2005, a patient went to the E.R. of Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee complaining of abdominal pain. Hoffart, employed at Froedtert as an R.N., volunteered to be assigned to the victim even though he already had more than the standard number of patients in his care. The victim was alone in an examination room with Hoffart when he assaulted her under the guise of an examination. During the assault Hoffart did not allow into the room both the hospital registration clerk and the patient's boyfriend. The patient felt uncomfortable with Hoffart's conduct and reported the assault immediately after Hoffart left the room.

 

On November 2, 2004, another E.R. patient seeking treatment for abdominal pain was assaulted by Hoffart.

 

"No patient -- no person -- should ever have to endure what these patients went through," Van Hollen said at the time of sentencing. "Examination rooms should be safe places, where patients can put their full confidence in the medical professionals that attend to them. On rare occasions, people like Brian Hoffart take advantage of their positions and take advantage of their patients by committing sexual assault. Rest assured, the state will do everything in its power to position these people behind bars."

 

Hoffart's employment at Froedtert was terminated as a result of the incidents.

 

Assistant Attorney General Eric D. DГfort represents the State in this prosecution.