Former Crete teacher pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A former Crete High School teacher facing sexual assault charges pleaded not guilty in Saline County Court on Wednesday morning.

Matthew T. Hoffman, 41, is facing two charges of second-degree sexual assault of a protected individual and one charge of first-degree sexual assault.

A pretrial conference for Hoffman has been scheduled for May 2 at 9:30 a.m.

Hoffman, of Dorchester, Nebraska, was arrested by the Saline County Sheriff's Office on Jan. 17 and was released on bail later in the month.

Details surrounding the reported incidents are outlined in an affidavit for a search warrant issued on Feb. 2, that resulted in the possession of Hoffman’s work computer.

The computer was taken from Crete High School at the suggestion of the school district’s superintendent.

The documents state the superintendent was “concerned that a Crete Public School computer….that was operated and used by teacher Matthew Hoffman may have inappropriate material on it.”

In addition, the documents state two previous search warrants were served on Hoffman’s cell phones, which revealed Snapchat videos of minors drinking alcohol with Hoffman, and several text messages with one of the victims that were “sexual in nature.”

According to court records, the alleged assaults go as far back as June of 2017 and are as recent as January 8th of 2018.

The superintendent of Crete Public Schools confirmed that Hoffman voluntarily resigned his position at Crete High School on February 19.