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MSU-Mankato football coach jailed on child porn charges

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MANKATO, Minn. (KMSP) -

Minnesota State University Mankato head football coach Todd Hoffner was booked into the Blue Earth County Jail on Tuesday to await charges related to child pornography.

His arrest comes days after Hoffner was taken off the MSU-Mankato football practice field last Friday and placed on administrative leave.

Hoffner has spent the past five years coaching the Mavericks, and he had recently been given a four-year extension to keep him as couch through 2016. Though the team had planned for a day off on Tuesday, the interim coach called them in to inform them of news.

The coach was arrested at his Eagle Lake home around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday and booked into jail for "use of minors in sexual performance/pornography." Formal charges are expected soon, possibly even by Wednesday.

Neighbors told FOX 9 police were at his house Tuesday afternoon, and they watched as investigators sifted through his garbage and towed his car away.

Hoffner is married and has three young children.

The university released the following statement about the arrest:

Earlier today, the Blue Earth County Sheriff announced that Minnesota State University, Mankato head football coach Todd Hoffner is facing possible criminal charges. Questions regarding any law enforcement actions should be referred to the Blue Earth County Sheriff's Department.

Hoffner has been on leave from his coaching position since Friday, August 17, 2012. A university investigation against Mr. Hoffner is pending. The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act prohibits the University from disclosing further information concerning the pending matter.

The University's top priority is ensuring the safety and well-being of its students, program participants, and the community. The University is not aware of any allegations affecting university students or program participants.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

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