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Therapist, Pediatrician Defend Hoffner In Affidavits

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MANKATO, Minn. -

A professional therapist and clinical social worker says the videos at the heart of the child pornography case against MSU football coach Todd Hoffner aren't lewd nor sexual.

This according to an affidavit filed in court by Hoffner's attorney.

Todd Hoffner was charged with child pornography back in August after short video clips of his children were found on his university issued cell phone by a campus IT worker.

Hoffner's attorney, Jim Fleming, has said that they were nothing more than "private family moments," and the police interpreted them wrongly.

Now, he's presenting an expert opinion to back up his claim.

According to this affidavit, William L. Seabloom, who reviewed the videos at the request of Hoffner's attorney says, "I saw three minor children that were naked and engaged in play. The children were happy and laughing. They did not appear to be in any distress or discomfort."

The videos that prosecutors have submitted as evidence in the case allegedly show Hoffner's children dancing naked and, at times, touching themselves.

In the affidavit, Seabloom says he didn't see any evidence that the children were doing anything sexually stimulating.

Another affidavit submitted from Lon T. Knudson, a pediatrician for the Hoffner children, said he has found the children to be "in good health."

"I have not found or suspected physical or psychological damage to these children in any respect," Knudson said in the affidavit.

Hoffner is scheduled to appear in Blue Earth County Court Wednesday afternoon, his attorney has filed a motion to have the charges dismissed.

Meanwhile the Hoffner family has released a statement expressing their sincere gratitude to everyone ,who has reached out to them during what they call a challenging and difficult time.