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Staples Football Coach Under Investigation

WESTPORT, Conn. – A Staples High School freshmen football coach is being investigated by school officials and Westport police for allegedly giving students access to a pornographic website, Superintendent Elliott Landon said in a brief statement.

"We have been informed that a freshmen football coach allegedly gave access code information to a pornographic site to some members of the freshmen football team," Landon said in a statement forwarded to parents Wednesday by Staples High School principal John Dodig.

"We are investigating this matter fully and are working with the Westport Police Department as part of our investigation. We have removed the coach from any contact with students or players."

The coach in question has not been identified.

A student not part of the freshmen football team reportedly alerted school staff to the situation after hearing about it, according to Inklings , the Staples High School newspaper.

Westport Police Capt. Sam Arciola said the department “immediately” started an investigation after the detective bureau was alerted of the allegations via email from a news organization Wednesday morning.

“We are currently working with the Board of Education on this,” Arciola said. “We’re in the preliminary stages of the investigation. I don’t have any further details to disclose at this time.”

In the email Dodig sent to parents, he said he could not comment further beyond what Landon said as it is a personnel matter. However, he said the school's investigation into the matter was "thorough and quick and that a decision was made within hours of our receiving the information."

A message seeking comment was left with Landon's office at 2 p.m. A secretary at Dodig's office said calls regarding the incident were being directed to Landon.

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