Mankato Football Coach Accused in Child Porn Case Appears in Court
The head football coach at Minnesota State, Mankato, is accused of using kids to create child pornography.
Forty-six-year-old Todd Hoffner was arrested Tuesday in Eagle Lake and arraigned Wednesday in a Blue Earth County Courtroom.
According to the criminal complaint, school officials found videos on a school cell phone and called police.
Hoffner was escorted off the football practice field Friday and has been on leave from his coaching position since then, the university said in a statement. Spokesman Dan Benson added that a university investigation is pending.
"The University is not aware of any allegations affecting university students or program participants," Benson said in the statement.
Hoffner is in his fifth year as Minnesota State, Mankato's head football coach. He led the team to the playoffs in 2008 and 2009 and a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title in 2011.
He has a 34-13 record at Minnesota State, Mankato, and was named NSIC coach of the year in 2009. He was previously the offensive coordinator at the University of South Dakota.
The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.