Minnesota State Mankato football coach under further scrutiny

  • Article by: RICHARD MERYHEW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 26, 2012 - 10:31 PM

Two former employers are reviewing Todd Hoffner's conduct in the wake of his arrest on child pornography charges.

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mommakaAug. 25, 12 7:15 PM

Did you know that it is impossible to get an "F" at Mankato? No, it's not because the teachers are so good or the students are so smart. They just don't issue failing grades. It is a fact.

ScottVarnerAug. 25, 12 7:31 PM

Unless there is more than what the media has reported...this appears to be an over reach by the Blue Earth County Attorney's Office....I sense the over-reation is in response to Penn State's inaction.

chuckdancerAug. 25, 12 7:34 PM

It is a concern that the evidence they are using so far is from his own family. It has to be assumed that the pictures are so far over the line that no reasonable person would come to a different conclusion than they have.

sachmnAug. 26, 12 1:00 AM

If he has child porn, I hope that they find it. If not, as ScottVarner has said, this could be a career/life-ruining over-reaction. It's a little disconcerting that none of those who found the images or the investigators that looked at them said "oh, these are his children, perhaps we should proceed with more discretion before outing this man as, not merely a pedophile who downloads child-porn, but someone who PRODUCES it." If they find nothing and drop charges, I would seriously suggest that this man find a good attorney and file slander charges.

sachmnAug. 26, 12 1:03 AM

mommaka...not that that purported "fact" has anything to do with anything. But thank for throwing in your unsolicited, random, two cents. It also strikes me as odd that some police departments refuse to release the name of a suspect PRIOR to charges being filed (which seems the right thing to do), whereas others announce every reputation ruining suspicion to every newspaper they have on speed-dial.

jakenorquistAug. 26, 12 7:37 AM

i will not defend him until all the facts are clear, i also will not convict him until all the facts are clear. i don't know how anyone at this point, with the known information, can not be leaning towards this being an over reaction. if the 3 videos they describe is all that they have, than this is very sad for him and his family. also, the headline of this story is part of the problem.

kd5757Aug. 26, 12 8:39 AM

This is a tough one. In the absence of any other evidence, I guess it will come down to what exactly is on the video. Nudity for some families is not a big deal. The fact that this guy turned his phone over to his employer with the videos on it when he could have just tossed it makes me wonder if he viewed the videos as benign or nonsexual. While it is prudent to further investigate, it is too bad that his name is reported all over the media based on such potentially questionable evidence. However, I do want to reiterate that the nature of the videos will be important as well as whether he posted the videos and where, etc.

jaccolaAug. 26, 12 9:23 AM

If they found anything that could be perceived as child pornography, it must be investigated thoroughly. In any case, it was inappropriate to be using his work phone for family videos.

timandtiaAug. 26, 12 9:30 AM

Please don't tell me that this is just a missunderstanding by the school. We really don't need bad "press" right now. I hate to say it, but if the guy is not guilty, his life is ruined. I hope all of this turns out all right, one way or another.

depres08Aug. 26, 1210:01 AM

I predict the guy is exonerated. This is just like the day care center hysteria in the 80s-90s. I remember one local case where the prosecutor actually said her job would have been a lot easier if it weren't for that darned 'presumption of innocence'....sounds like they didnt find anything else on his computer. We'll see but I bet he files a lawsuit after the charges are dropped.


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