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Mason City man awaiting sentencing for sex offender violation indicted on federal meth charge

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MASON CITY | A Mason City man has been indicted in federal court on one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Mark Monroe Hoffman, 56, was arrested by a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's deputy Nov. 21, 2016, at a rural Mason City residence.

The deputy found Hoffman possessed more than five grams of meth, a digital scale and small plastic bags.

District court charges of possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance (third or subsequent offense) were dismissed when Hoffman was indicted federally last month. 

Hoffman's arraignment date in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa has not been set.

Hoffman will be sentenced in Cerro Gordo County District Court April 3 on one felony count of violating the conditions of the Iowa Sex Offender Registry. He allegedly failed to present himself for verification at the sheriff's office in August 2016, according to court documents. 

Hoffman has been on that registry since a 1995 conviction of aiding and abetting third-degree sexual abuse.

Hoffman and another man, Kenneth R. Sharp, were accused of kidnapping a woman from outside a Mason City bar and sexually assaulting her.

They were both charged with first-degree kidnapping. Hoffman pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and a jury convicted Sharp, who is now serving a life sentence in prison.

Hoffman also is facing revocation of his probation on 2014 felony convictions of meth delivery and failure to meet sex offender registry requirements. 


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