Todd Hoffner dealt with sex photo scandal while coaching at UW-Eau Claire
The child porn charges aren't the first time Hoffner has been involved in a sex footage scandal.
MSU-Mankato head football coach Todd Hoffner faces two felonies after allegedly shooting pornographic videos of his three young children. But it turns out this isn't the first time coach Hoffner has been involved in a scandal involving homemade media of a sexual nature.
Prior to coming to MSU in 2008, Hoffner spent seven seasons as head coach at UW-Eau Claire. And in 2004, he dealt with a scandal involving two players who had conspired to take an illicit picture of one of them having sex with a female student. The picture was then circulated around the internet via email.
Then-sophomores Jacob Dettmer, 19, and Ryan Schulz, 19, were originally charged with felonies for "possessing and distributing a recording of nudity." They later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.
Sophomores Jacob Dettmer, 19, and Ryan Schulz, 19, were originally charged May 20 with Class I felony counts of possessing and distributing a recording of nudity. The charges carried a maximum penalty of three-and-a-half years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
According to the report filed with the Eau Claire Police Department, Dettmer had consensual sex March 4 with a female Eau Claire student in Towers Hall North. The woman said she believed Schulz, Dettmer's roommate, was asleep in his lofted bed. While having sex, the woman saw a flash in the room. Dettmer told her his roommate often used a flashlight at night. A few days later, the woman learned that a nude photo of her having sex with Dettmer was being circulated on the Internet.
When she reported the incident, the woman told police she did not consent to having her picture taken or distributed.
Hoffner's punishment of the two players involved amounted to a slap on the wrist -- he "reduced their playing time" but didn't suspend either of them.
In the wake of the shocking child porn allegations, UW-Eau Claire has actually launched an independent investigation into Hoffman's conduct while he was coach there from 1999 through 2005.
Teresa O'Halloran, Affirmative Action Director at UW-Eau Claire, told WEAU TV that "It's not that we anticipate something is gonna be there, but these are really serious allegations, so if there's something we missed while he was here we need to know about it now."
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