MSU coach: kids made up a show, wanted it videotaped

Suspended MSU-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner testified Wednesday about the origin of a video that helped land him in court defending himself against child porn charges. Hoffner says his three kids - all younger than ten - made up a dance routine while in the jacuzzi and then asked him to videotape it. Hoffner says there's nothing pornographic about it and he's asking a judge to throw out the case against him. Law enforcement officers testified, though, that the video and two others on Hoffner's cell phone were disturbing enough that they brought them to the attention of the county attorney.
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Suspended Minnesota State University-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner took the witness stand at a court hearing in which his lawyer asked a judge to throw out the child porn charges against Hoffner. The charges stem from the discovery of three videos on his university-issued cell phone that feature his children in the nude.

Hoffner testified that the longest of the videos came about when his three children - all younger than ten - invented a dance routine while in the jacuzzi together. Hoffner says when they got out of the jacuzzi the kids asked him to videotape it. Hoffner insists there is nothing pornographic or inappropriate about the videos.

But under questioning from prosecutors, three law enforcement officers said they found the videos disturbing enough that they brought them to the attention of the county attorney's office.

Hoffner's lawyer asked the county attorney's office to drop the charges after a child protection officer concluded his kids were not abused and after investigators found no child porn on his computer.

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