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Authorities say no child porn found on Mankato coach's computer

Blue Earth County Sheriff's officials say they have found no evidence of child pornography on the home computer of a Minnesota State University-Mankato coach charged with child pornography. Todd Hoffner is facing child pornography charges stemming from videos of his own children found on his cell phone last month.
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Blue Earth County Sheriff's officials say they have found no evidence of child pornography on the home computer of a Minnesota State University-Mankato coach charged with child pornography. Todd Hoffner is facing child pornography charges stemming from videos of his own children found on his cell phone last month.

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