Todd Hoffner's wife says her husband is innocent of child porn charges

Categories: Crime, Sex, Sports
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What authorities take to be child porn are just "typical family videos," Melodee Hoffner said.
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This morning, Melodee Hoffner, wife of MSU-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner, held a press conference and said her husband is innocent of allegations he shot sexual videos of the couple's three young children.

Melodee characterized the felony child porn charges as a "rush to judgment," saying the clips found on her husband's cell phone are just "normal, typical family videos" of their kids "in all their craziness."

Authorities said one of the three clips shows Hoffner waking up his young daughter and telling her to go to the bathroom. As she gets up and starts walking, the camera focuses in on her underwear-clad butt in an allegedly sexual way.

But Melodee said her husband shot that video because their daughter sleepwalks without recollection of doing so. The video was simply intended to document that, she said.

Melodee said she was stunned when Todd was arrested last week. She said she works as a counselor and knows all about abusive behavior, adding that her husband would never abuse any child.

At the end of the press conference, she became emotional and said her husband misses his players. She urged authorities to reconsider the charges before ending the presser without taking questions.

Hoffner posted $40,000 bail last week and remains free. MSU-Mankato placed him on paid leave days before he was arrested.

If convicted of the felony child porn charges, Hoffner faces at least 10 years in prison.


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