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Judge dismisses child porn case against Minnesota State coach

Jim Fleming, Todd Hoffner Reuters

The child pornography case involving Minnesota State – Mankato coach Todd Hoffner has come to an end. Thankfully, it appears no children were actually abused by the head coach.

Via the Associated Press, Blue Earth County District Judge Krista Jass dismissed the child porn charges against Hoffner on Friday. “The videos under consideration here contain nude images of Defendant’s minor children dancing and acting playful after a bath. That is all they contain,” Jass said in her ruling.

Hoffner was arrested in August on felony counts of using minors in a sexual performance or pornographic work and possessing child pornography. He had pleaded not guilty to those charges. An investigation began after a university official reportedly went to authorities with information on videos of children on Hoffner’s work-issued cellphone. Those children turned out to be Hoffner’s and no other related pornography was found on Hoffner’s computer.

Hoffner was entering his fifth year at MSU when he was placed on administrative leave for the investigation.

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19 Responses to “Judge dismisses child porn case against Minnesota State coach”
  1. spzzie says: Nov 30, 2012 9:19 PM

    Aye congrats for him he needs to sue for pain and suffering. I wish coach much success

  2. js20011041 says: Nov 30, 2012 9:33 PM

    Wouldn’t you think that they would do a little investigating before actually arresting Hoffner? You know, actually figure out whether a crime has been committed or not before arresting someone and charging them with a crime.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 30, 2012 9:43 PM

    Well it now appears that the announcement made by Coach and his wife were confirmed by the judge. Good for him.

    Isn’t this a cautious tale that if you have some videos or photos of your own children….? How sad.

    Glad Coach Hoffner is exonerated. I hope he was paid during his leave or will receive some recompense in addition to his pay now that he is cleared.

  4. bennyb82 says: Nov 30, 2012 9:49 PM

    This guy should definitely sue. His reputation will always have child porn connected with it even though he obviously was just taking videos of his kids acting funny.

  5. handsofsweed says: Nov 30, 2012 11:08 PM

    Whoever filed charges should be held responsible for this raping of an innocent man. Permanent loss of legal license, complete liability/culpability in whatever lawsuit filed against him/her and prison time for him/her. Anyone involved is sued and prosecuted. Period.

  6. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 30, 2012 11:12 PM

    Thank god you can still find a court somewhere in this country that is ruled by common sense. Hell yes he should sue, the damn DA called him a “pornographer.” And THAT was after he was told the images on his cellphone were of his own kids.

    There are some frightening trends with law enforcement these days, and this is a prime example. BTW, if you get pulled over hide your phone…the cops may ask if they can inspect it.

  7. dawglb says: Nov 30, 2012 11:23 PM

    I believe we sue too often in this country, for foolish things. THIS is a perfect example of when someone SHOULD sue. This guy has been out through Hell with his family, his career, his community, and his reputation will never be what it was. An absolute shame. May the courts make one more smart, common sense ruling in favor of this man and his family. All the best in his recovery from this.

  8. ningenito78 says: Nov 30, 2012 11:34 PM

    That prosecutor absolutely needs to be fired. This story is insane. I’m with everybody here. Sue them into the Stone Age. I can’t imagine why this guy just went through. Obviously a judge easily deemed them harmless and of his OWN KIDS. So I’m going to assume this prosecutor absolutely head hunted this guy for some reason or agenda and has no business representing the public.

  9. mancave001 says: Nov 30, 2012 11:41 PM

    Good decision. Sanity prevails.

  10. jimbo75025 says: Nov 30, 2012 11:43 PM

    I feel some sympathy for this guy-his life has now been ruined over what are probably rather innocuous videos. I feared we would we se a rash of this kind of thing after the Sandusky case and we can kind of put this one with the Bernie Fine case of rush to judgement.

    That being said, a lawsuit may not get very far as they were recorded on the schools phone/camera. Any organization issuing said equipment is going to make you sign something (whether in your employment agreement, or outright), that the equipment is for business use only and that the contents will be viewed as their intellectual property.

  11. ningenito78 says: Dec 1, 2012 12:07 AM

    @jimbo- well the prosecutor had her while case based in those pictures. Either way if she destroyed his image she’s liable no matter where the phone came from. If he was just trying to sue for being fired that may be true. But there was an attempt of public prosecution. That goes beyond workplace stuff.

  12. brewcrewfan54 says: Dec 1, 2012 12:22 AM

    Common sense finally took over 6 months later. Generally its better late than never but his reputation is still screwed. Well done Mr Prosecutor.

  13. pjrhc says: Dec 1, 2012 11:12 AM

    Fools in a foolish world. They protect porn but freak when a guy has video of his kids on his phone. Fools. I guess by their standards AFV is the sex-slave network…

  14. jimbo75025 says: Dec 1, 2012 12:16 PM

    @ningeniti78

    I agree that the whole thing is messed up, it’s a murky situation though. If it was his own equipment then the case would be much more clear. The public nature of the whole case is the travesty here-five or even two years ago this would have probably all happened behind closed doors and we would have never heard about it.

  15. gfj7000 says: Dec 1, 2012 1:48 PM

    The coach should sue the school and the idiot who stole/reported his cell phone suspicions – for jumping the gun in reporting garbage. He should sue for $2M in damages to his reputation with the school, sue the the school and city police dept. for false arrest – no investigation prior to the charges being made, his community; pain and suffering he has sustained to his image, public humiliation in all of the local, regional and national news and sporting reports and more. The idiot who reported the cell phone propaganda should lose his job as well as being sued for false information being reported as well as invasion of privacy of the coach’s phone.

  16. spudvol says: Dec 1, 2012 2:46 PM

    Can we unhang him now?

  17. jimbo75025 says: Dec 1, 2012 3:19 PM

    @gfj7000

    That is the point I was making earlier-it was not his phone. The phone was property of the university. Any organization is going to make you sign an agreement somwehere along the line that company property is to be used for business purposes only-whether it be a laptop, cellphone, or whatever. Now, no company is going to fire you for responding to 2-3 personal emails/texts a week back to your wife confirming that steak is OK for dinner or whatever, but this whole situation highlights that everyone needs to be very careful what they do with equipment that is not technically theirs.

  18. inconsonance says: Dec 1, 2012 3:40 PM

    What Coach Hoffner needs to do now is write down the name of every dipshit involved in the farcical witch hunt that nearly cost him everything. Then, with list in hand, go to his lawyer’s office, gently place the list on their desk, and say, “I’d like to sue these insipid wastes of flesh into poverty, please.”

  19. raiderbeat says: Dec 1, 2012 6:21 PM

    The Prosecutor needs to be fired. It is one thing to investigate and protect innocent children. It is band standing and an attempt to gain public notoriety off the Sandusky case when you attack an innocent man with nothing. People have asked,”well where is the line?” I will tell those idiots, clearly it is somewhere far between finding a man ass raping 10 year old kids a dozen times in showers and hotel rooms and a father having a video of his kids dancing as they get out of a bath!
    If the prosecutor does not have this one ounce of common sense then he should never be making decisions that put peoples lives in the balance. He or she is not responsible enough to decide what tip jar they should use at Starbucks.

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