Rosenblum: After Sandusky, unease can be a good thing

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 1, 2012 - 4:46 PM
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irvine93Sep. 2, 1211:22 AM

The stupidity demonstrated by the coach was to use a company issued phone to photograph his kids. When will people learn that computers and cell phones provided by employers are to be used for work related topics only? Yes, they are supposed to be "on call 24/7" which, for me, means modern day slavery. Still, get your own cell phone and computer and you can take any pictures you want, visit any web sites you want, post your opinions on any blog you want and it will be none of your employer's business. If, indeed, he was abusing his children, this fact eventually would have come out.

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anewmanSep. 2, 12 1:01 PM

Among all of your thoughts, it's telling that *none* of them had anything to do with the man accused. If you can't bring yourself to have any concern for a person whose life may have been potentially destroyed as a result of apparently bogus, trumped-up charges lodged by a nosy, judgmental, puritanical society and government, perhaps you might consider what this will do to the father's earnings potential in the future even if he's acquitted of all charges. What will *that* do to the children as they grow? How about the invasion of privacy of the family and the children by anyone who's viewed or will view the videos? Those are potentially a bigger tragedy than anything else that's happened here.

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dvsdan123Sep. 2, 12 5:18 PM

The fact that the prosecutors in this case arrested him at practice making it a media event shows that they are aggressive thinking this is their chance to make a big splash. He could have been quietly arrested at home or in his office. There was no need to do it at a practice for media effect.

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liora51Sep. 3, 12 4:55 PM

For the sake of the family and justice this could have been handled more discreetly from the arrest to the subsequent coverage. For one thing, this man's right to presumptive innocence was irrevocably destroyed. His family will probably never fully recover from this emotionally or financially. I read the Strib's rationale for their handling of the story and found it lacking.

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dahutysSep. 3, 12 6:03 PM

I'm glad I'm not the only person who felt "gray" about this. Sure, the prosecutor's descriptions of the videos make them sound horrifically salacious. But I can't help forgetting the woman who was arrested a few years ago because she dropped off film at Walmart that included pictures of her toddler playing in the bathtub.

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erikj3Sep. 4, 12 1:03 AM

We don't know all the facts yet, but this appears to be an overreaction on the part of the authorities. I realize that no one wants another Sandusky situation, but this guy's life may be ruined, and he may very well be completely innocent! There has to be a better way of handling these kinds of situations.

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fredmannerSep. 5, 12 4:54 PM

How do you know the "prosecutor's" description is what really happened? There is an assumption on their behalf of what they "think" happened-perhaps distorted? People who know this family don't believe these charges or the description of the complaint for a second. What is pornographic about a child with clothes on getting woken up to use the bathroom? The video was shut off before she went. The son who puts on a football helmet-no kidding? He's been around football his entire life. Children dancing and acting silly after a bath-really that happens? Even if you look at what the DA has put out there. They received the "videos" on August 20th and booked Mr. Hoffner on August 21st. What kind of "investigation" could occur in less than a 24 hour period? It typically takes months of gathering evidence to pursue these type of charges. The children's report show absolutely nothing and were returned in less than a few hours to the mother. These charges are not the only demonstration of the incompentency of the Blue Earth County DA and Sheriff's Office. Look into other cases and families they have destroyed. They have no other evidence and will not find anything more, unless they continue to distort the truth. Isn't it time that DA's and law enforcement are accountable for their behavior as well? To damage a great family and exploit their children on this level, where is the justice for them? The media has also distorted the facts of this case. There isn't one media source that has the facts correct yet. You ruined a good family and it's wrong.

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fwallenSep. 12, 12 7:26 AM

The media silence is telling. My guess is the prosecutors are trying to figure out a face saving solution. Unfortunately they probably can't come up with one so they will press on trying for a negotiated plea, which the accused will reject. Then there will be a trial, costing both sides a lot, but wiping out the accused savings. Based on the "evidence", he'll be acquitted, but forever damaged and unable to work again in his field. If the prosecutors had not made this a media event, they could have investigated, arrested or not, and disposed of the case without damaging their own reputation and the reputation of the accused.

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