Joseph Frascella, 23, faces child porn charges.

Passaic County Sheriff's Office

Authorities: Youth basketball coach used Tumblr to distribute child porn

October 12, 2018 - 3:37 pm
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HAWTHORNE, NJ (1010 WINS) -- A New Jersey basketball coach is under arrest, he's accused of distributing dozens of images of child pornography.

Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik says 23-year-old Joseph Frascella was using a Tumblr account to commit the crime.

He was arrested after a 2 month investigation.

Frascella was a youth coach at Hoop Heaven in Waldwick, when the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force got information that an individual was distributing child porn.

"This crime is even more disturbing by the fact that the suspect is a youth sports coach," Passaic County Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik stated in a press release. "The Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate and arrest [those] involved in the exploitation of children."

NorthJersey.com reports Frascella was sent a termination letter as soon as Hoop Heaven owners learned about the allegations.

"We were completely blind-sided by this as no police ever contacted us about any activities occurring at our facility or involving Hoop Heaven," said Mitchell Storch, in an email to NorthJersey.com. "No investigation was ever done at our facility."

Storch told NorthJersey.com that Frascella had been subject to two background checks in recent years.

Detectives went through his house earlier in October and seized computers in search of additional evidence.