William Hoge and Aaron Walker have been criminally charged under Grace’s Law, a Maryland statute designed to protect children from cyberstalking and internet harassment. BU first called attention to Hoge’s bizarre fascination with a minor child in March.

The complainant is Tetyana Kimberlin, the very woman from whom Hoge and Walker attempted to suborn perjury against her husband in 2013. She made the complaint on behalf of her teenage daughter, who has been the unwilling subject of creepy behavior and constant libels by both men as part of their relentless smear campaign against her father.

In recent weeks, Mr. Kimberlin has tried to obtain a peace order against Hoge, who avoided the action by refraining from his normal activities during the 30-day window in which harassment must take place for a court to issue an order of protection. The statute under which Hoge and Walker were charged today has no such time limit.

The charges come less than a week after a Maryland judge finally quashed a peace order that Hoge has repeatedly obtained under false pretenses to enable his harassment of Bill Schmalfeldt, a former writer for BU. Hoge’s peace order was issued in the wrong county, an instance of venue-shopping, but that did not stop Hoge from filing hundreds of bogus criminal charges against his political enemy.

Schmalfeldt suffers from advanced Parkinson’s Disease and his wife is also terminally ill. Hoge, who styles himself a Christian, has led a small cadre of his readers in devising sadistic ways to pervert justice with the conscious objective of jailing Schmalfeldt. Hoge’s minions have tried forging Schmalfeldt’s signature on “harassing” mail, used the identities of third parties to try and provoke the retired journalist into ‘doxing’ innocent bystanders, contacted law enforcement to make false reports, and enacted other schemes aimed at projecting their own, potentially criminal, misbehavior on Schmalfeldt.

Walker, a Virginia attorney who has played fast and loose with the laws of Maryland for years, has been Hoge’s de facto legal adviser in all these matters. Walker has been trying to destroy Mr. Kimberlin since 2011, when he inserted himself into a separate libel case that was none of his business and even assaulted Kimberlin. During 2012 and 2013, Walker and Hoge tried suing Kimberlin twice for alleged criminal harassment, but were laughed out of court for lack of evidence. These humiliations explain why they tried, and very nearly succeeded in, perpetrating a fraud on the court.

In addition to prohibiting the use of a computer or computer network to harass a child directly, Grace’s Law forbids Hoge and Walker from making “any statement, whether true or false, intending to immediately provoke, and that is likely to provoke, any third party to stalk or harass a minor.” Hoge has never once cracked down on the sickening commentary of his deluded little fan club, but rather feeds their fire with mendacious reporting on his various legal shenanigans.

Hoge’s main Twitter account was also banned recently for constant harassment in violation of the company’s Terms of Service. Rather than take personal responsibility, Hoge claims that sinister forces colluded to have him banned from Twitter with false reports. See how that works?

BU will stay on top of this story — even though we wish we didn’t have to.

UPDATE: True to form, Walker has responded with minimization and denial as he tries to pretend someone else’s name is on the charges:

Brett has caused another set of criminal charges to be filed against me and John Hoge, claiming that we harassed his daughter electronically.  True, it is not officially written in his hand, but in my opinion, it is being driven by him.  Indeed several passages from an alleged copy of the charges are copied word-for-word from recent filings by Brett Kimberlin.

Walker laughs off these charges, but he might want to note that under Grace’s Law, the only element required for a conviction is the testimony of a child that he or she feels harassed — and Kelsie Kimberlin has already testified to that effect twice in open court. What does he suppose a state’s attorney is going to think of his response?

ADDING: Maybe when they accused Kimberlin of abusing his family, Hoge and Walker were actually thinking of Bill O’Reilly?

  • Walker Is A Child Abuser

    The law will remain on the books and alleged offenders will be prosecuted under its provisions. Laws designed to protect minors are taken very seriously by law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges alike. The enforcement of such laws is not taken lightly and penalties associated with violating them can particularly harsh.

    Yet Walker is laughing about it. This shows his utter depravity. Going after children and then laughing at the charges is evidence of Walker’s sickness towards children. This, with his calling everyone he dislikes a pedophile and not caring about the consequences of his actions will eventually come back to bit him in the proverbial ass. Walker wouldn’t do very well in jail or prison, and likely would end up in very difficult circumstances while incarcerated. Yet, he laughs it off as just another thing to mock as if he will actually beat the case and thus has no worries over the recent testimony by the victim. I hope Walker and Hoge rot in hell.

  • End Times Comedy

    It’s hard not to engage in a bit of schadenfreude here, but “Pie Boy” Walker is gonna be somebody’s wife if he winds up behind bars. Hoge will probably be OK because, well… ick. But a nice, soft boy like Walker?

    Let’s just hope the State’s Attorney takes these charges seriously. They pissed off the wrong momma this time.

    • He’ll become a jailhouse attorney. Won’t that be ironic?

      Agreed Tetyana’s name on the charges is damning evidence all by itself.

      • William A. Ferguson

        And that she’s got about two or three years worth of things to say…

  • End Times Comedy

    On another subject — in about 30 minutes I will be going with my wife to our doctor. Given her symptoms, I expect to be told that her 18-year battle with Scleroderma is coming to an end. She is showing all the signs of Right Ventricular Failure, related to Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension… simply put, that means her heart does not have the capacity to pump enough blood into her lungs for proper oxygenation, leading to systemic organ failure. From her ribs up, she is skeletal from the muscle wasting. From the ribs down, she is horribly bloated. She can’t even bend her legs anymore. This is called “ascites” and it is an end stage development in Right Heart Failure. If the doctor confirms this, we plan to tell him that any action he takes should be directed at her comfort, not in aggressive treatment for something that can’t be cured. The medical literature — if the diagnosis is confirmed — gives her a few months.

    And the idiots over at Hogewash think this is a fucking Laugh Riot. Avatars. pictures of my wife. Are these human beings? Or monsters? I am going to take fierce and DREADFUL action against anyone I see posting an image of my wife on his or her blog, and I am serious as can be.

  • Connie H.

    My husband is a sick man that takes perverse pleasure in inflicting suffering and instilling fear. His little manhood only moves when he feels he is in control and in charge, stalking teens and emotionally torturing the disabled. I always know he has contacted a teen girl because he rushes into the bedroom screaming “It moved! We have two minutes before its gone! Quick!” thank god its over quick right after he lets out a squeal loud enough to wake our idiot son from his nap.

  • End Times Comedy

    Apparently the best way to divert attention from the fact that you have been charged with a sexually-charged crime like stalking and harassing a teenaged girl (and you’re 67) is to let your readers insult the dying wife of a handicapped person. That shows your humanity. Should play well with the judge.

  • RogerS

    I noticed from reading the article about Grace’s Law that Dave McComas, Grace’s father, works at Goddard, as does Mr. Hoge. I think people should contact Goddard and let them know about Hoge’s criminal charge for stalking a minor. Who is the real pedophile? They will pull his security clearance and send him packing.

    I called a lawyer friend of mine from Maryland today and he said that Grace’s Law is a blunt and swift instrument because the proof resides not in the statements made online but rather in the emotional response of the minor victim. If the victim says she has had serious emotional distress or fears for her life, then the case is over and the defendant is guilty. He said that judges in Montgomery County will bury Hoge and Walker. I have a funny feeling that many judges can’t wait to get this case, and can’t wait to tell these creeps that they are going to prison for a year. Of course, Walker will lose his bar license too, and his wife and his license to carry arms. Hoge will probably plead insanity and could sure make the case that he is nuts.

    • Mark in MD

      God how I hope all of those predictions come true, Roger. These people are seriously demented. Walker’s a sociopath with a career that is laughable. Goddard employee WJJ Hoge of Maryland is a litigious, sadistic, bullying asshole who deserves every negative thing in his life. Seriously, WJJ Hoge is a PR nightmare that Goddard needs to distance themselves from.

      • RogerS

        Mr. Hoge is much worse than Lori Drew, the Missouri mom who impersonated a teenager to harass another teen who committed suicide. She was charged federally and found guilty of conspiracy. In Maryland, the prosecutors have a specific statute to nail these guys on. So they better lawyer up. A guilty verdict means a year in jail, and the prosecutors could even upgrade the charges to include criminal harassment.

        • End Times Comedy

          I demanded that Hoge — since he has complete control of comment — remove comments with avatars depicting my wife. He called the complaint “frivolous” and refused. This is clearly a madman bent on causing as much pain and suffering as possible.

          • RogerS

            I am sorry to hear about that. What I would suggest is to tell Kimberlin to document all the harassment Hoge has done to you and your wife and have the prosecutor in the Grace’s Law case include it in a sentencing memorandum to the judge and probation office. That will ensure that Hoge will get the maximum sentence.

            Normally, defendants want to show mitigating circumstances to get a lesser sentence, but with Hoge harassing a handicapped person and his dying wife, the prosecutor, judge and probation office will see this as an aggravating factor that warrants the full sentence. I know that it is very upsetting to you now, but Hoge is digging his own grave so let him keep digging and make screen shots of all this reprehensible conduct.

          • RogerS

            I contacted someone who has friends at Goddard. From what I have been told, the Powers there are now aware of Hoge’s pedophilic predilections and I suspect are looking at all his computer access files. He is in some real deep shit. Again, I suggest that you contact Goddard and demand to know why they have a probable sex offender working there. The State of Maryland has pressed charges against him, and found probable cause that he has stalked a minor. At a minimum, they have to pull his security clearance and suspend him without pay. He will go to jail and …. well I can’t say everything I heard today.

  • RogerS

    Looks like there is a trial set already for Hoge and Walker–July 2nd. This is pretty quick, and it will probably hold fast. These guys will most certainly be led out of that courtroom in handcuffs;

    • William A. Ferguson

      I hope this time your prediction comes true, Roger.

  • Claudia Samantha Jones

    I have been following this case for a while and am struck by the hypocrisy of these guys. Today we in Virginia learned that VA Representative Joe Morrissey had sex with an underage girl and they now have a baby and are getting married. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/23/joe-morrissey-sex-scandal_n_7427860.html?cps=gravity_2425_-8837510210731248649 So where are Mr. Hoge and Mr. Walker with regard to this case? Why are they accusing him of all kinds of criminal and immoral conduct. And where are they with regard to Josh Dugger who admitted to molesting scores of girls during his short life. http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/21/us/josh-duggar-child-molestation-allegations/ Their silence demonstrates hypocrisy and the real reason they target Mr. Kimberlin.

  • RogerS

    OMG I was just doing my rounds of the crazy accounts and noticed that Twitter suspended Hoge’s latest account, @Hogewash?? Does anyone know why of when it happened? My guess is that he was engaged in more abuse. Or maybe Twitter considers Hoge like Chuck C. Johnson, a slimy abuse troll. Either way, good riddance — what a piece of shit that scumbag is.

    • Buh Bye

      If Bill gets suspended, it’s considered a win for Team Free Speech/Team Good Guys or whatever other ironic name they call themselves. If one of RW trolls gets suspended,though, it’s undoubtedly a conspiracy and an abuse by the overreaching arm of Twitter. Idiots. So very much stupid on that side of the aisle.

  • RogerS

    OK, it’s been almost a month since Mr. Walker and Mr. Hoge were charged with violating Grace’s Law. I read today on Hoge’s blog that he has had three Twitter accounts suspended for targeted harassment. Was that harassment of Bill Schmalfeldt or the Kimberlin family, or both? He does not say.

    I called my lawyer friend in Maryland today and he said that normally if the criminal charges are without merit, the State’s Attorney dismisses them out of hand in a very short time, usually a week or two. In this case, it has been much longer so he postulates that the State’s Attorney has decided to move forward on the charges with the full force of the office. He also said that there could be an investigation going on and that the SA could add charges at the preliminary hearing date, maybe by adding harassment using a computer device, which may buttress the Grace’s Law charge.

    His theory is that the minor in this case is working with some victims rights groups and other professionals to ensure that the book is thrown at these child predators. He believes that this will be a huge test case for protecting minors from adult harassers.

    It will be very interesting to see how this one plays out. I don’t think that either Mr. Walker or Mr. Hoge will turn State’s evidence even though that would be the smart thing to do. No, they have way too much invested in this and can’t believe that anyone would consider them child predators. Their denial will not serve their interests. And good luck with that in front of those judges in blue Montgomery County Maryland who detest child abuse, and are not too keen on extremists either.