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Sports editor of NH paper is arrested for child porn

NOTINGHAM, NH (WGME) -- The sports editor at a local newspaper is behind bars.

He was arrested after what police call lengthy a investigation into child pornography.

Frank Coppola of Nottingham is charged with felony possession of child sex abuse images.

Coppola works for the Portsmouth Herald as the sports editor.

Details of the allegations against him are not available because court documents in this case are sealed as the investigation is ongoing.

The commander of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says there could be more charges, but that this arrest is the first step in finding justice.

Tom Grella, Commander of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, says: "The image is never stopped from being distributed if I distributed and other people can get it that person in that image is continually being victimized so it's very important for us to get this done. We may never find out who that person is and we may never stop that but it's important for us to get the people distributing the image trading whatever the case may be to bring them to justice and get them off the street." 

The president of the Seacoast Media Group, which owns the Portsmouth Herald, said in a statement today, "We take these charges very seriously. We can't comment further at this time because it is a personnel matter."

Coppola is being held on $100,000 cash bail.