Sturgis man convicted of criminal sexual conduct

A 42-year-old Sturgis man will be sentenced to prison next month after he was convicted of having sex with a teenage girl.

Kirk Hoff Jr. will be sentenced June 24 after a St. Joseph County Circuit Court jury convicted him last week of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The alleged incident involved a 14-year old babysitter in June 2020.

The jury listened to testimony May 17. Jurors heard the closing argument, then deliberated Thursday for more than four hours. Hoff, who has denied having sex with the girl, broke into sobs at the guilty verdict.

The teen babysat for Hoff’s 5-year-old daughter while the child’s mother worked third shift. She and her mother reported the incident seven months later to Sturgis police.

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