Former sailor accused of espionage pleads not guilty

Former sailor accused of espionage pleads not guilty

Credit: The Virginian-Pilot

Robert Patrick Hoffman II, a 20-year veteran who retired last year as a petty officer first class, leaves U.S. District Court in Norfolk on Thursday, December 6, 2012. Hoffman is accused of believing he was passing secret information �pertaining to methods to track submarines� to the Russians, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed today.( Steve Earley / The Virginian-Pilot )

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Posted on December 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 7:57 PM

NORFOLK -- Former sailor Robert Hoffman, accused of attempted espionage, entered a plea of not guilty at an arraignment Wednesday.

The 39-year-old has been behind bars without bond since a court appearance in early December, when a judge said he is a danger to the community.

Hoffman is accused of trying to hand over classified information to someone he thought was a representative of the Russian Federation.

That person was actually an undercover FBI agent.

The judge set a trial date of June 17, 2013.

If convicted, Hoffman faces up to two life sentences behind bars.

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