(MM) WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH A CRIMINAL CHARGE — AGAINST A FORMER SUBSTITUTE TEACHER — AND TENNIS COACH. GOOD EVENING — I’M MIKE MONTECALVO. (CG) AND I’M CAROLINE GOGGIN. AS WE FIRST REPORTED ON EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE AT FIVE — 75-YEAR OLD THOMAS GALLAGHER SPENT YEARS WORKING WITH CHILDREN. HE’S NOW ACCUSED OF POSSESSING CHILD PORN. (MM) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER ERIC HALPERIN WENT TO GALLAGHER’S HOME —- AND IS LIVE IN STUDIO NOW WITH MORE… (EH) GALLAGHER IS OUT ON PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE TONIGHT UNDER SPECIAL BAIL CONDITIONS..HE CAN’T USE THE INTERNET AND CAN’T HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH MINORS. THERE WAS NO ANSWER AT THOMAS GALLAGHER’S NEWPORT APARTMENT FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER RINGING THE DOORBELL A FEW TIMES. THE 75-YEAR-OLD IS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. HE WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY AND BROUGHT TO DISTRICT COURT IN NEWPORT. ACCORDING TO COURT RECORDS AND POLICE HE WAS RELEASED ON PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS HE DOESN’T USE THE INTERNET OR HAVE ANY CONTACT WITH MINORS. RHODE ISLAND STATE POLICE SAY GALLAGHER HAS SEVERAL TIES TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES. ACCORDING TO POLICE HE HAS BEEN EMPLOYED AS A TENNIS COACH FOR 15 YEARS AT THE SPOUTING ROCK BEACH ASSOCIATION…ALSO KNOWN AS BAILEY’S BEACH CLUB. WE CALLED THE CLUB AND STOPPED BY TODAY BUT WERE UNABLE TO REACH ANYONE FOR COMMENT. POLICE ALSO SAY GALLAGHER WAS A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER AND PART TIME KIDS TENNIS COACH AT SAINT MICHAEL’S COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL IN NEWPORT FROM 1997 TO 2004 AND USED TO BE A KIDS TENNIS COACH FOR THE NEWPORT RECREATION DEPARTMENT. WE CALLED THE SCHOOL EARLY FRIDAY EVENING BUT COULDN’T GET IN TOUCH WITH ANYONE FOR A COMMENT. A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE CITY OF NEWPORT SAYS HE’S BEEN TOLD IT’S BEEN AT LEAST 15 YEARS SINCE GALLAGHER HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE RECREATION PROGRAM. (EH) THIS IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. ANYONE WHO HAS ANY INFORMATION ABOUT GALLAGHER IS ASKED TO CALL RHODE ISLAND STATE POLICE. LIVE IN STUDIO I’M ERIC HALPERIN, EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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