Innocent family photos or child porn? Investigators face tricky case

MSU-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner faces child porn charges over videos of his children in the nude that showed up on his university-issued cell phone. Hoffner's lawyer and wife say there's nothing pornographic about the family photos. Legal experts say what the children tell investigators may be the key to the case.
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MSU-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner faces child porn charges over videos of his children in the nude that showed up on his university-issued cell phone. Hoffner's lawyer and wife say there's nothing pornographic about the family photos. Legal experts say what the children tell investigators may be the key to the case.

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Suspended MSU-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner has a court hearing this week at which a judge will consider dropping the child porn charges. The case involves videos of Hoffner's children in the nude that were found on his university-issued cell phone. He asked the Blue Earth County Attorney to drop the charges after investigators found no child porn on his computer and determined his children had not been abused.

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Prosecutors have filed child pornography charges against the football coach at Minnesota State University-Mankato. According to the criminal complaint, Todd Hoffner's university-issued cell phone contained three videos of his children in the nude. He's charged with using minors in a sexual performance. Hoffner's attorney says there's nothing abusive or exploitative about the videos.

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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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