Allegations of child pornography had taken over Todd Hoffner's life for the past few months after officials found recorded videos of his naked children on his phone. However, today marks the end of a nightmare for the Minnesota State University-Mankato football head coach, who has been cleared of all possible charges, according to the Star Tribune.
The judge who ruled against the charges Friday claimed that the videos show nothing more than naked children dancing after a bath. According to the Huffington Post, "Hoffner testified earlier that his three young children asked him to videotape a skit they had concocted after taking a bubble bath. His wife has defended him, as have supporters who even held candlelight vigils on his behalf."
The scandal began when Hoffner turned his cellphone in to get fixed and IT workers discovered the videos. "Subsequent searches of his home computers and video equipment, interviews with his children, and investigations into cell and computer records at other colleges where he had coached turned up nothing to support the charges," the Star Tribune said.
Tom Hoffner watched his undefeated team win 17-10 against Missouri Western Saturday from a computer at home and is ready to get back on the field. According to the Huffington Post, "Hoffner's fifth year as head football coach at the school, where he had a 34-13 record. He led the Mavericks to the playoffs in 2008 and 2009, and a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title in 2011. He was named NSIC coach of the year in 2009."