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MSU-Mankato football coach arrested; child porn investigation underway

Blue Earth County authorities say Todd Hoffner is at the center of a child pornography investigation. A sheriff's department captain tells the Mankato Free Press Hoffner was arrested when investigators arrived at his Eagle Lake home with a search warrant. He says investigators are looking into the possible use of minors in a sexual performance.
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Minnesota State University-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner was booked into the Blue Earth County jail while authorities searched his Eagle Lake home in a child pornography investigation. No charges were immediately filed. A captain in the sherrif's department told the Mankato Free Press the investigation involves the possible use of minors in a sexual performance.

Hoffner was escorted off the MSU football practice field last Friday and placed on administrative leave at the university.

On Monday, KEYC reports Hoffner refused to comment on the situation. Watch below:

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