Well, Minnesota State-Mankato coach Todd Hoffner has at least one supporter. The fifth-year coach, facing child pornography charges, is backed by his wife, Melodee, who says the nude images found on her husband’s cell phone are of his children.
“The charges against my husband are ridiculous and baseless,” Melodee Hoffner said in a statement. “My family does what every family does – we take videos and pictures of our kids in all their craziness. My husband would not ever abuse our children or any other children.
“I assure you our children have not been exploited or abused – they are healthy physically, mentally and emotionally; and have normal relationships with friends, family and teachers.”
Hoffner’s wife would not answer any questions and the Blue Earth County assistant prosecutor has not commented on the situation.
Hoffner was arrested and taken into custody last week after a complaint was filed against Hoffner claiming the coach brought his university-issued cellphone to school officials earlier in the month because it wasn’t working. A technician working on the phone said suspicious videos were stored on the phone and authorities were called.
Hoffner’s been formally charged with two felonies and is currently on administrative leave.
(Hat tip: AP)