No child porn on computer of charged Minn. coach

Associated Press Modified: September 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm •  Published: September 14, 2012
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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." The information was being forwarded to the county attorney's office.

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."

The videos include images of Hoffner's children behaving "silly" after a bath, Fleming said.

Prosecutor Mike Hanson did not return phone messages seeking comment.

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.

He was escorted off the football practice field after the videos were found, and remains on leave pending a university investigation.



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