Youth tennis instructor arrested on child porn charges

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NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – A 75-year-old Newport youth tennis instructor has been arrested on child pornography charges.

State Police announced Friday that Thomas Gallagher was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography following an investigation by the RI Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

Gallagher has worked as a tennis instructor at Bailey’s Beach Club for fifteen years, in addition to stints as a substitute teacher and part-time youth tennis coach at St. Michaels Country Day School and as a tennis coach for the Newport Recreation Department.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding Gallagher is asked to contact RI State Police / ICAC Task Force at (401) 921-1170.

Gallagher was arraigned at Second Division District Court and released on $50,000 personal recognizance with special bail conditions stipulating no internet access and no contact with minors.

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