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Amy Forliti, Associated Press, Published September 14 2012

No child porn on computer of charged Minnesota football coach

MINNEAPOLIS – Investigators found no evidence of child pornography on computers taken from the home of a Minnesota football coach accused of having nude videos of his children on his cellphone, authorities said Friday.

Minnesota State, Mankato coach Todd Hoffner was charged with two child pornography counts after three videos of his children were found on his work-issued cellphone when he took it to the university for service.

His attorney and wife have publicly rejected the charges as ridiculous, saying the videos simply captured the family’s children being silly.

Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Capt. Rich Murry said Friday a search of computers taken from the Hoffner home found “no additional items that would be considered child pornography.”

Hoffner’s attorney, James Fleming, said he was confident authorities would not come up with any additional evidence and the case will focus on the images recovered from the cellphone.

“So now we are dealing with: Are these images in fact, child pornography?” Fleming said. “And I believe that it’s going to be shown very clearly – they are not.”

According to an affidavit in the case, audio on one of the videos includes a child saying: “Dad, that’s not the show, make him do it right,” and a man’s voice says, “Do it over.”

Fleming said the suggestion that Hoffner was directing his children is “absolutely wrong.”

Hoffner was charged last month with one count of using minors in a sexual performance or pornographic work and one count of possessing child pornography. Both are felonies.


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