A criminal probe “involving potential juvenile victims” was reportedly opened for an ex-CNN producer
A former producer for CNN’s Jake Tapper is reportedly being investigated over “serious allegations” of child sexual abuse, Fox News reported, citing police. This is only the second time this month that a CNN employee has been charged with similar offenses.
A statement by Virginia’s Fairfax County Police Department on Wednesday, which was cited by Fox News, appeared to confirm that a probe was launched into Rick Saleeby, who worked as a producer on ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper.’ Authorities said “detectives assigned to the Child Exploitation Squad of the Major Crimes Bureau”They are the ones leading this investigation.
“While we will eventually be transparent about our findings, safeguarding the personal privacy and safety of victims and witnesses as well as maintaining the integrity of our criminal investigation are of paramount importance,”The department was also added.
Project Veritas, conservative muckraking organization, first reported the allegations earlier in this month. The report cited photos, recordings and texts provided by a “former sex worker”Who claims that he has had an “ongoing relationship”Saleeby has been with us for over 10 years.
Though the outlet noted that it has no evidence any abuse was committed, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe said the information provided by the sex worker, identified as Janine Bonanni, was concerning enough that he felt a “duty to take action to protect the children who were involved.” After contacting the police, Veritas reported that Saleeby’s devices and hard drives had been seized as part of a probe, while Fox later added that officers took “numerous items from the subject’s Virginia home.”
Fox was told by a spokesperson from CNN that “The person in question no longer works for CNN”He had earlier in the month resigned, but did no further explanation. The timing of the resignation is not clear.
Veritas mentioned the sexually explicit content of recordings and messages, but it’s not clear how Saleeby confirmed it. Many of the graphic messages included in the report, moreover, make no mention of a minor, but are alleged to refer to the underage daughter of Saleeby’s former fiance.
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This is the latest investigation into a CNN veteran producer John Griffin who was earlier arrested by FBI on three counts each of trying to “entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity.”According to the Justice Department, Griffin used messaging apps in order to convince parents to allow their daughters to be underage to use them. “allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive.”For each of the charges, he could face a minimum term of 10 years prison if convicted.
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