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Human Services: 'No concerns' of MSU coach abusing children

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Blue Earth County Human Services announced Tuesday its investigation of Mankato State University's football coach found "no concerns" that the coach's children were being abused.

The evidence is the latest to favor Todd Hoffner's claim that he did not abuse his children in anyway, but that doesn't mean prosecutors are ready to drop the charges and Hoffner is still on paid administrative leave.

In June, Hoffner was charged with making child pornography after a video of his children dancing in the nude was found by IT staff when he turned in his school-issued cell phone; however, when investigators examined computers and other electronics taken from Hoffner's home, they found no child pornography.

Now, documents released by Hoffner's attorney show that human services investigators found no maltreatment occurred and child protective services were not needed in the case.

The letters go on to say that sexual abuse was not occurring either.

Hoffner's wife, Melodee, recently spoke out about the allegations her husband faces, saying, "My family does what every family does. We take videos and pictures of our kids and all their craziness. My husband would not ever abuse our children or any other child."

Since the investigation began, the Blue Earth County Attorney's Office has repeatedly declined requests for interviews, and they did so again on Tuesday when asked to comment on this story.

While the case works its way through the legal system, the MSU Mavericks are carrying on without their suspended leader -- but they have had one heck of a start to their season without their head coach. So far, they've got a 6-0 record and are ranked 10th in the nation.

A statement released on Hoffner's behalf said the coach is hopeful the matter will be fully resolved soon and he can return to his college coaching career. In the interim, Hoffner is volunteering with youth football and refereeing.

Hoffner's attorneys have filed a second request for the charges to be dropped.

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