Editorial: Mankato porn case lacked common sense

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 5, 2012 - 12:55 PM

Judge's ruling is legal smackdown of case against football coach.

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erikj3Dec. 4, 12 7:16 PM

Arneson sounds like a typical overzealous prosecutor, looking to make a name for himself. He should be disbarred for dragging this out for months on end, despite no evidence that Hoffner was guilty of anything.

obamafone4meDec. 4, 12 7:33 PM

It not only lacked common sense but destroyed a good mans career and probably bankrupted him. Hopefully it has not destroyed his family.

neptune1Dec. 4, 12 7:36 PM

Will the prosecutor in this case face any charges for malicious prosecution

stevegloverDec. 4, 12 8:03 PM

A simple note in support of Todd Hoffner and family to counter the unfounded defamation to his character by prosecutor Arneson. May you find some peace this holiday season.

wardnjuneDec. 4, 12 8:27 PM

I hope he sues their collective butts off. This whole thing could have been handled in so many different (better) ways. The first thing they should have done was taken it to child protective services and had them check it out. They would have found out immediately that the kids were safe and happy and healthy and there would have been zero need for them to march on to the field in Mankato and arrest this guy in front of his players, then splash it all over the news and throw his life into upheaval with no cause. Luckily, from what I've seen, the people of Mankato (and basically the entire state) have stood behind him. What a bunch of grand-standers these Blue Earth prosecutors are. They should all lose their jobs.

groucho157Dec. 4, 12 8:30 PM

Although I agree with the dismissal of the case, there is a question in judgement using a company owned device which nearly cost this man his career and worse. I would not use my employers laptop to make movies, let my children play online games, use VOIP for personal use, etc. If he would have taken the videos with his personal cell or his spouse's, none of this would have occured. Information technology staff have an obligation to report improper use of equipment, especially when the content appears questionalbe. In some organizaitons, reporting to HR is required. Whether if was MNSCU or Target, one should not expect complete privacy on company owned equipment. This should be common sense.

salsipuedesDec. 4, 12 8:34 PM

Common sense? Like having your front page on today's print paper be about a lovable drug-dealer? Those who live in glass houses shouldn't cast stones.

liora51Dec. 4, 12 8:40 PM

Pot meet kettle. In addition to the questionable judgement and lackadaisical ethics demonstrated by the county attorney's office, there was the editorial justification by the Star Tribune for exploiting the case as important for the public to read about in prurient detail. It was the florid coverage of this questionable and tragic situation that will haunt this family even longer than the last few months.

royal2012Dec. 4, 12 8:43 PM

There is a fine line between nudity and pornography. When a child is sexually abused, it is obvious what it is. But when nudity is involved, the fate of a suspect such as this father rests in the hands of the judge and jury (if it goes to trial). His life could be for the most part over depending on the opinion (and that's all it is) of the judge and jury. Under U.S. law, any depiction of someone under the age of 18 that could be interpreted as titillating or intended to sexually arouse is illegal, even if the juvenile is fully clothed. A man was prosecuted for child porn a few years ago for video recording high school girls competing at a gymnastics meet. Even pictures of a juvenile in a bathing suit could be considered pornography. As far as this case goes, from what I read, some of the images captured by the video camera could meet the legal definition of child pornography, and would be if he was anyone else but the father. So, is the law too strict? Did this guy get away with committing a crime?

rafannonDec. 4, 12 8:57 PM

you think this is unique? Any City Attorney could do this to your family he/she would want to...they have way too much power... and they dont have to drop charges if they dont want to unless a judge makes them... remember this when you VOTE!!!


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