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Metro

Dec. 22, 2011

Probation officer charged with intimidating witness

Federal prosecutors filed the first criminal charges from their investigation of the state Probation Department yesterday, arresting an acting chief probation officer in Western Massachusetts on charges that he intimidated and harassed a witness who was about to be interviewed by the FBI.

Christopher Hoffman, 39, who ran the probation office in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton until he was suspended in October, allegedly called one of his probation officers a “rat’’ for agreeing to talk to an FBI agent.

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