By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
EVERETT — A convicted sex offender found hiding in an Everett woman’s bed was sentenced to nearly two years in prison Tuesday.
Jason Hoff, 34, was under supervision for a 2009 conviction for failing to register as a sex offender when police caught him inside the home of a woman who lived alone.
The homeowner told Everett police she became suspicious when she arrived home from work Dec. 6 and noticed lights on in her house. Instead of going inside to investigate, she alerted a neighbor, an off-duty Everett police officer.
He and the woman waited outside for more officers to arrive.
Police quickly discovered that the house had been ransacked. Small stacks of items had been piled around the house. Officers searched the house and in the last upstairs bedroom they reportedly found Hoff lying on the bed. He appeared to be trying to hide under a pile of clothes. He was dressed in women’s clothes.
Hoff was charged with second-degree burglary as well as attempting to elude police in connection with a separate incident. He pleaded guilty in January.
On Tuesday, he apologized to the court and his family for his actions.
After his arrest, Hoff allegedly told police that a woman named “Angela” had invited him over to her aunt’s house for sex. He said “Angela” must have slipped a drug in the cereal he’d been eating because he passed out. He said when he woke up, he was in woman’s clothing and cops were handcuffing him.
The homeowner didn’t know Hoff and doesn’t have a niece named Angela.
Prosecutors alleged that Hoff broke a bathroom window to gain entry.
Hoff has two convictions for failing to register as a sex offender. He was convicted as an adult of third-degree child rape. As a juvenile, he was convicted of third-degree rape.
Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies arrested Hoff in September after he reportedly led police on a high-speed chase in the Arlington area. He reached speeds of more than 90 mph. Hoff was released, but a new warrant was issued a week later when he failed to report to his community corrections officer.
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