Coach’s wife: Porn charges ‘ridiculous and baseless’

She’s standin’ by her man. The AP story says: “Child pornography charges against the football coach at Minnesota State, Mankato, are groundless and images on his cellphone are innocent family memories, his wife insisted Monday. Todd Hoffner, 46, of Eagle Lake was charged last week with two felony counts related to child pornography after authorities said they found nude images of his children on his cellphone. ‘The charges against my husband are ridiculous and baseless,’ Melodee Hoffner said at her husband’s attorney’s office. ‘My family does what every family does — we take videos and pictures of our kids in all their craziness. My husband would not ever abuse our children or any other children.’ … Melodee Hoffner said she and her husband were ‘in complete shock’ when he was arrested. She said when a police officer described the videos on her husband’s phone, she thought, ‘Those are our family videos they are talking about.’  ‘I hope that someone with authority will take a new look at this and see it for what it is,’ she said.” And if the videos are what she says, where does the husband go to get his reputation back?

At the Mankato Free Press, Dan Nienaber adds: “A criminal complaint filed against Hoffner describes three videos, including two where the couple’s son and two daughters are dancing around naked. A third video allegedly shows one of the daughters being woken up to go to the bathroom. The video shows the camera focusing on the back of the girl’s underwear, the complaint said. Melodee Hoffner said the video was shot because their daughter wanted to see it. ‘When we would wake her up, she would be half asleep and would bump into walls and such and not remember it,’ she said. “When we told her about this, she wanted to see it. She was clothed in this video. That’s one of the videos described in the complaint against my husband.’ Todd Hoffner is being defended by the Maschka, Riedy and Ries law firm. Jerry Maschka described Hoffner’s criminal charges and administrative leave from coach’s duties as ‘a cascade of decisions that were made by well-intentioned individuals and resulted in a terrible mistake.’ He said he hoped the university would reinstate Hoffner. Attorney Jim Fleming wouldn’t comment on whether Todd Hoffner plans to take any legal action in civil court to be reinstated as head football coach.”

Down in Tampa, Our Favorite Congresswoman whipped up the Ron Paul delegates. Bill Salisbury of the PiPress writes: “U.S Rep. Michele Bachmann says the Ron Paul delegates from Minnesota should ‘take a victory lap’ because, even though their candidate was defeated, the Republican National Convention in nearby Tampa this week will adopt a platform that embraces their fundamental principles. ‘On serious values, you have succeeded more wildly than you can even imagine,’ Bachmann told the Minnesota delegation during a breakfast meeting at their hotel here Monday … ‘We believe we’re taxed enough already,’ she said. ‘The government needs to stop spending more money than what it takes in. (And) government needs to start acting within the limits of the (U.S.) Constitution.’ Those principles are now included in the GOP platform, she said. ‘It never would have happened without your involvement. We’re not there yet, where we want to be, but we’re so much farther than we were before.’ Bachmann didn’t mention Romney in her speech, but she made a pitch for his running mate, fellow U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, as a guy who ‘gets it’ on the issue of the national debt.”

Baird Helgeson of the Strib was at the same event. He writes: “Ryan’s budget and tenacity made him an instant hit among conservatives demanding a radically smaller federal government. ‘I have known Paul Ryan for six years, and he is a great guy, a regular guy and a really smart guy,’ Bachmann said. ‘He’s very studious; he knows what he is talking about. People look to Paul Ryan with a great deal of respect.’ Bachmann, who does not have a formal speaking role at the convention this year, was touting a new anti-Obama documentary called, 2016: Obama’s America. ‘The world will look very different under Paul Ryan,’ Bachmann said. ‘He gets it. He gets what the problem is.’ ” As well he should. He is very close to it after all.

Mark Zdechlik of MPR covered the marathon Ron Paul rally. He says: “Thirty-two of the 40 delegates Minnesota Republicans sent to Tampa came to Florida as Ron Paul supporters. Most of them were at the rally. We came here because we believe what they’re saying right now,” said John Kossett, of Vadnais Heights. ‘With the liberty, the freedom, getting out of wars, things like that. We believe in all of that. We think the Republican Party used to be that we want to get the Republican Party back to the roots there.’ Kossett said he looked forward to voting for Paul and not Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination and he said he hoped a strong showing of support for Paul will send a message to the core of the Republican Party. Kossett said if the Romney-Ryan ticket fails to embrace some of the things Ron Paul backers are calling for, he will not cast a ballot for the GOP ticket in the fall.”

The GleanThere’s a bit more color to Alexander Zayas’ Tampa Bay Times story about the Tea Party festivities: “After tea partiers packed an east Hillsborough megachurch to standing-room-only Sunday night, after they were told jeering, heckling and animal noises were encouraged, after they heard an emcee call Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a WINO — ‘wife in name only’ — they heard from the people they were there to see: Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain. ‘Welcome to TheTeaParty.Net Unity Rally!’ Bachmann said. … The crowd lined up outside the River at Tampa Bay Church wearing red, white and blue. They photographed themselves with men in colonial garb and clutched signs depicting the president as Pinocchio. … The rally was promoted to unite tea partiers under a message of ‘limited government, personal responsibility and fiscal sanity.’ But for Sandra Stuart, a 59-year-old nurse from Ormond Beach, the most important issue was this: ‘Freedom, freedom, freedom. Freedom to do what you want as long as it’s under the word of God. Traditional marriage.’ ” I can’t say for sure, but I don’t believe Mr. Zayas made that up.

At The Nation, Ben Adler writes: “The event, headlined by former Republican presidential frontrunners Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Herman Cain, was not about building up Mitt Romney. It was all about tearing down Barack Obama and demonizing his supporters. … There were a few hundred folks, and the church’s huge parking lot was mostly, but not entirely, filled. What they lacked in numbers they made up for in passion. But what incites their passion is not joy for what Romney proposes to do. Rather, it is hatred of liberals, anger over being out of power, and fear of what will happen if Obama wins another term. Neal Boortz, the popular conservative talk radio host who will retire and be replaced by Cain next year, offered the most unvarnished expression of this attitude. ‘It is not the Democratic Party, it’s the Democrat Party, if for no other reason than it makes them crazy,’ said Boortz, 67, demonstrating his maturity to delighted laughter from the audience. … ‘It’s 100 years of government education that led us to the point where a man like Barack Obama could be sworn in as president.’ ”  “A man like …” — hmm, what is he really trying to say?

And … the latest on Best Buy and former CEO Richard Schulze’s dream of buying it back. Thomas Lee of the Strib reports: “Best Buy Co. Inc. has struck a deal with founder Richard Schulze that will grant Schulze access to confidential financial information so he can prepare a formal offer to buy back the company. Under terms of the agreement, the company will allow Schulze to formally form a buyout group and present an offer to the board of directors within 60 days after he first sees Best Buy’s financial data. If the board rejects his offer, Schulze can’t pursue an acquisition until January 2013. However, at that time, Schulze will have a chance to present a second offer to the board, which must make a decision in 30 days. If the board still opposes the buyout, Schulze can take his offer directly to investors, either through a special shareholders meeting or the regular annual shareholders meeting.”

Chris Riemenschneider of the Strib links to one of Bob Dylan’s new songs: “It starts out with a light, lilting guitar/piano intro and then kicks in with a slapping standup bass part and rolling drum beat. Then comes that voice, like a windblast of sandy gravel to the face but oh so familiar and comforting. Such is the thrill of hearing ‘Duquesne Whistle,’ the first track released off of Bob Dylan’s first new record in three years, ‘Tempest,’ and the 35th album in his 50-year recording career. The track was posted this morning at National Public Radio’s music site, two weeks ahead of the record’s Sept. 11 release date. Named after a town (and university) outside Pittsburgh, ‘Duquesne’ shows off a little of the sonic palette we can expect on the album, which he recorded with his touring band (with guitarists Stu Kimball and Charlie Sexton). It also hints at the lyrical content, crafted with help from longtime Grateful Dead lineman Robert Hunter.”

Wisconsin is getting tired of that noisy free-speech thing. Todd Richmond of the AP writes: “The Wisconsin Capitol’s new police chief said Monday that he plans to crack down on protesters who don’t follow the building’s rules because he wants to restore a sense of normalcy and safety to the statehouse. Chief David Erwin told The Associated Press in an interview that he respects people’s right to petition their government, but that he believes some protesters’ behavior has crossed into intimidation. ‘I understand it’s a political environment,’ Erwin said of the Capitol. ‘(But) there’s a line. We’re better than that.’ ” Or, put another way, if protesters want their voices heard, they should do what all responsible citizens do — hire a lobbyist to take their favorite legislators on a catered cruise of Lake Mendota.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 08/27/2012 - 04:11 pm.

    So I’m guessing the Paul delegates

    are headed to Madison immediately after the Convention to prevent the loss of Freedom, Freedom, Freedom at the Capitol?

  2. Submitted by Patrick Donnelly on 08/27/2012 - 05:10 pm.

    Freedom, freedom, freedom

    “Freedom to do what you want as long as it’s under the word of God.” — which translates to “Freedom for YOU to do what I want.”

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/27/2012 - 08:25 pm.

    When I Read About the Mankato/Eagle Lake Case

    I can’t help but think of Jordan, MN, about 30 years ago.

    Whether these images on Mr. Hoffner’s cell phone are just kids horsing around or something else may end up being up to a jury to determine, but it does seem as if a little more research prior to his arrest might have been a very wise thing for the county prosecutor and law enforcement officers to have pursued.

    Not every football coach is Jerry Sandusky, after all.

    Regarding the GOP Platform, and MN’s Ron Paul delegates, I’d like to read something in more detail regarding a move by the Romney campaign to get a platform item passed which would give future presumed nominees the right to exclude from the convention any duly-elected delegates they didn’t want to be there.

    From what I understand, this item is already in the platform and the attempt to remove it is likely to provoke an actual floor fight. If it stays, of course, future presumed nominees can just say that no dissenting delegates will be allowed to attend the GOP National Convention, rendering their “big tent” (always an illusion, anyway) a one-man pup tent,…

    rendering every state’s delegate selection process moot,…

    and rendering the GOP’s national convention completely, totally, absolutely POINTLESS (unless you’re a fan of huge, elaborately-decorated, rubber stamps).

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/28/2012 - 09:46 am.

      Hoffner

      I agree with you on the Hoffner case.
      Based on the facts made public so far, there’s no there there.
      Only his kids are involved.
      No sex acts are involved; it’s pornography only if you equate nakedness with pornography.
      The pictures are only for his own use.
      No evidence of buying or selling port.

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