Judge: Hoffner investigative file to remain sealed

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm •  Published: May 3, 2013
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The Mankato Free Press intervened in the case to seek access.

Mark Anfinson, the attorney who represented The Free Press, said he was disappointed with the decision. He said it's important to understand how law enforcement went so far astray.

"Without some access to the investigative records, I think answering that question becomes extremely difficult," he said. "It's a pretty big deal in terms of the public's interest when law enforcement agencies misfire like they apparently did here."

Jass wrote that the information the newspaper wanted could be found in evidence presented in court. When it comes to the actions and decisions of public officials, she said: "The record speaks for itself."

After Hoffner's criminal case was dismissed, he was removed from his position as football coach and reassigned to an administrative role. He is currently assistant athletic director for facilities development, a university spokesman said.

A message left with Hoffner's attorney was not returned Friday.

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