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Published September 14, 2012, 01:21 PM

No child porn on computer of charged MSU-Mankato coach

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Investigators found no evidence of child pornography on computers taken from the home of a Minnesota football coach accused of having pornographic videos of his children on his cellphone, authorities said Friday.

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Investigators found no evidence of child pornography on computers taken from the home of a Minnesota football coach accused of having pornographic videos of his children on his cellphone, authorities said Friday.

Minnesota State, Mankato coach Todd Hoffner was charged with two felonies after the videos were found on his work-issue cellphone when he took it to the university for service. His attorney and wife have publicly rejected the charges as ridiculous, saying the videos simply captured the family's children being silly.

Blue Earth County Sheriff's Capt. Rich Murry said a search of computers taken from the Hoffner home found "no additional items that would be considered child pornography."

Hoffner's attorney, James Fleming, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment, nor did prosecutor Mike Hanson.

At a hearing earlier Friday, Fleming pressed for greater access to the cellphone videos, saying he needed them to work on a proper defense. Fleming also wants more details about what authorities found on a cellphone and computers seized weeks ago. He says he was told in court that the investigation is complete.

Hoffner was escorted off the football practice field after the videos were found last month and placed on leave. He is entering his fifth year as head football coach at Minnesota State, Mankato.

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