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May 8, 2013

Hoffner no longer working at MSU

MANKATO — A Minnesota State University official confirmed Wednesday that former head football coach Todd Hoffner is no longer employed by the university.

"I can confirm Mr. Hoffner is no longer on the university payroll," said Dan Benson, MSU spokesman.

Hoffner was removed from the payroll Tuesday.

Benson said he could not say whether Hoffner was fired or had resigned. The Minnesota Data Practices Act prohibits him from giving any further details, Benson said.

He did say two complaints had been filed against Hoffner and were investigated by the university. The investigations have been completed, but Benson again said Data Practices law prohibited him from saying anything about the results of those investigations.

Hoffner was escorted off a practice field in August and put on paid administrative leave after an employee at the university found short videos of his young children dancing without clothing on a university-issued cellphone. He was later arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, but the charges were dismissed by Blue Earth County District Court Judge Krista Jass. She found there was no probable cause for the charges and the videos were protected by the First Amendment.

Instead of allowing Hoffner, 46, to return to his job as head coach, the university assigned Hoffner to an administrative position within the athletic department. The university has not said whether Hoffner ever faced disciplinary action.

Hoffner also asked Jass to seal all of the information in the criminal file, including correspondence between university officials and Blue Earth County sheriff's investigators. Jass issued an order Friday that sealed the file.

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