Hoffner case files to remain closed

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  • Updated: May 4, 2013 - 4:14 PM

Undisclosed investigative files in the case against a Mankato football coach cleared of child pornography charges will remain sealed. Blue Earth County District Judge Krista Jass ruled Friday that publicly disclosing investigative data in the case against former Minnesota State University, Mankato coach Todd Hoffner would “adversely impact the Hoffner family’s right to privacy.”

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dmulville72May. 3, 13 7:00 PM

Jim Fleming usually represents the scummiest of clients. For that reason alone I'd be curious as to what had to be sealed if this guy was really innocent.

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raleighmamaMay. 3, 13 9:14 PM

The charges were dismissed and that means he is entitled to a full expungement. Period. The media has no right to the data.

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eman2001May. 3, 13 9:38 PM

Looks like you might need to close the comments on this one. What good does it do to continue to bring up a case that should have never gone anywhere.

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daveseavyMay. 4, 1312:58 AM

To dmulville72 - Given the state loves to charge people on a whim, and since it's very rare judges throw out charges, there shouldn't be any curiosity. It for the very thing you stated that his file should be shredded. You best hope you're never falsely accused, because it can and does happen every day.

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tcatheartMay. 4, 13 7:01 AM

I'm glad the judge made this decision. This family has been through enough between an over zealous prosecutor and Mankato removing Hoffner from his head coaching position. They don't need the media combing through every last little detail of the case only to keep it in the news and sell subscriptions.

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fwallenMay. 4, 13 8:26 AM

This guy and family have been dragged through the mud by an over zealous prosecutor and an incompetent university administration. Now the media wants to pile on to a victim. Why isn't there outrage! I hope the coach sues the U for discrimination and wins millions. Reputations are like toothpaste. You can't put toothpaste back in the tube and once besmirched a persons reputation can not be restored.

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lukester454May. 4, 13 9:59 AM

So let me get this straight.....he said he did nothing inappropriate, that the stuff on his phone was completely normal. Yet he wants his records sealed because.......the stuff on his phone is abnormal, inappropriate, and embarrasing? OK.

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swmnguyMay. 4, 1310:27 AM

A lesson to be learned is, in the digital age, and with our increasingly authoritarian society, there can be no expectation of privacy or due process. To be suspected, let along charged, not to even mention being convicted, is to be guilty.

None of us has any idea if what this guy did was abhorrent, or perfectly normal. As a parent, I'm glad I don't have to take film to be developed anymore. I'm glad the Walgreen's where we took film when our kids were babies had employees who also had babies, so we didn't get arrested for the naked babies in the tub with washcloths on their heads pictures.

As sick as kiddie porn is, it astonishes me that people get more prison time for downloading perverted smut than for killing people.

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