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Hagerstown man sentenced to 18 months for violating probation

October 25, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man’s testimony about his educational background did not sit well with the Washington County Circuit Court judge who sentenced him Thursday to 18 months in jail for violating probation on a theft conviction.

Nathan Michael Moquin, 23, was in court for a violation hearing on allegations he had missed appointments with his probation officer in December 2011 and January 2012. He was on probation for a 2011 conviction for theft of less than $1,000.

During the hearing he took the stand and was asked about his educational background, at which point he testified he was a graduate of the “University of Johns Hopkins Medical Center” and that he was working on a second degree in statistics and psychology.

“You might want to advise your client on perjury,” Judge Donald E. Beachley told Assistant Public Defender Michael Wilson. “I doubt he’s a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.”

Moquin left the stand for a few minutes to consult with Wilson and returned, testifying he misunderstood the question. Moquin said he was working toward two majors and would be enrolled in Frostburg University next semester.

Beachley then asked him how many credits he had earned. Moquin testified he had none from Frostburg and a total of eight college credits from Hagerstown Community College.

“Would you be surprised they’ve never heard of you” at Frostburg University, Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson asked.

Moquin reiterated he planned to enroll next semester.

As to the allegations that he has missed appointments and failed to notify his probation officer of his actual address, Moquin said he had left a telephone message saying he was ill and that the probation officer never tried to contact him. He testified he lived on Linganore Avenue and never told her he was living in a homeless shelter.

“At one time I was receiving my mail there,” Moquin testified about the homeless shelter.

“Does the U.S. Postal Service not deliver mail” to the Linganore Avenue address, Beachley asked.

“Mr. Moquin has zero credibility. He is incredible,” Beachley said toward the end of the hearing.

Moquin has violation hearings in other criminal cases scheduled for November, court records said.

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