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October 30, 2012

Sex therapist says there is nothing sexual about Hoffner videos

MANKATO — Videos that resulted in child pornography charges against Minnesota State University’s head football coach are not lewd nor obscene, according to a certified sex therapist known internationally for his sex offender research and treatment methods.

William L. Seabloom watched the three short videos with coach Todd Hoffner’s attorney, Jim Fleming, on Oct. 18, according to an affidavit filed Monday in Blue Earth County District Court. Fleming told Seabloom to assume the person operating the video camera was the father of the children being recorded.

The videos were found on Hoffner’s cellphone by university employees after he turned it in for repairs in August. Two of the videos allegedly show Hoffner’s three children, between the ages of 4 and 9, dancing naked. Another shows one of his daughters being taken to the bathroom.

This is Seabloom’s description of the videos:

“In the first 92-second video, I saw three minor children that were naked and engaged in play,” the affidavit said. “The children were happy and laughing. They did not appear to be in any distress or discomfort.

“The second video was 10 seconds in length. It shows the two minor female children for the first five seconds; at the five second point a minor male appears behind the girls wearing a football helmet.

“The third video is 118 seconds long. It shows an adolescent female sleeping who was awakened and led to the bathroom. The adolescent female is wearing bed clothing and as she enters the bathroom the video ends.”

Seabloom, who also is a clinical social worker familiar with child protection investigations, said he didn’t see anything in the videos that he would describe as lewd, obscene or indecent. He said, among other things, he watched to see if the children’s genitals were the focal point in the videos, if the images were sexually suggestive, if the children were in unnatural poses and if the images were designed to elicit a sexual response.

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