Portsmouth Herald Sports Editor Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Frank Coppola
Frank Coppola
Nottingham Police, via SeacoastOnline.com

The sports editor of a seacoast New Hampshire newspaper has been arrested for allegedly possessing images that show child sexual abuse Wednesday.

Frank P. Coppola, 39, was arrested at his home in Nottingham, The Portsmouth Herald reports. Coppola worked as the newspaper’s sports editor.

The Associated Press reports Coppola remains held on $100,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 3 in the 10th District Circuit Court in Candia.

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A Portsmouth Police sergeant told the Herald that the arrest came after a “lengthy investigation,” carried out with cooperation from the Hampton and Exeter police departments, Rockingham County Sherriff’s department and the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task force.

“We take these charges very seriously,” John Taber, Seacoast Media Group president and publisher, which owns the Portsmouth Herald, said. “We can’t comment further at this time because it is a personnel matter.”

Coppola’s Twitter account contains numerous photos of youth sports games and athletes. Boston.com reached out to Herald executive editor Howard Altschiller to confirm whether Coppola’s responsibilities included covering youth sports, but Altschiller said he was “not at liberty to talk about that.”