Jake Tapper’s top producer has been arrested in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct with ‘juvenile victims.’ This comes just weeks after another CNN producer, that one for Chris Cuomo, was also fired over similar allegations.
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In the wake of his arrest on December 18, Rick Saleeby resigned from Jake Tapper’s The Lead show.
Police in Fairfax County, Virginia have launched an investigation into ‘serious allegations involving potential juvenile victims’. Investigators with the Major Crimes Bureau’s Child Exploitation Squad are involved in this investigation.
The conservative organization Project Veritas posted a video in which a man named Saleeby describes his sexual fantasies about young girls.
According to the Denver Gazette, Saleeby appeared in court on Tuesday and was confronted by members of Project Veritas, but neither he nor his attorney replied.
There was little information available about Saleeby or his arrest as of Thursday.
‘Detectives assigned to the Child Exploitation Squad of the Major Crimes Bureau are leading the investigation,’ police said.
‘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.’
‘At this time, we are not in a position to provide additional detail on the scope or nature of this investigation,’ the statement continued.
The news follows a senior CNN producer’s arrest on December 10 for sex crimes involving children, John Griffin, who was also fired a week before.
Following a yearlong investigation, Griffin was accused of flying a woman and a 9-year-old girl, described as her adoptive daughter, so as to train her in ‘sexual subservience.’ Griffin was subsequently charged with persuading minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
It was alleged that Project Veritas’ reporting prompted the investigation of Saleeby.
‘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,’ A statement from Fairfax County Police read.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, they have been in contact with CNN and Saleeby’s victims.
‘The person in question no longer works for CNN’ and resigned earlier this month, a spokesman for CNN said in a statement.
Saleeby was given the opportunity to resign from the network, but Griffin was fired immediately after being charged with enticing minors for sex.
A grand jury in Vermont charged Griffin ‘with three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity.’
Griffin, a 42-year-old resident of Stamford, allegedly offered a woman, 48-year-old Heather Carriker, of Henderson, Nevada, $30,000 for a ‘mother-daughter weekend with me.’ Upon being taken into custody, he revealed he was ‘ashamed’ of allegedly abusing a nine-year-old girl and enticing other minors.
‘According to the indictment, from April to July of 2020, Griffin utilized the messaging applications Kik and Google Hangouts to communicate with people purporting to be parents of minor daughters, conveying to them, among other ideas, that a “woman is a woman regardless of her age,” and that women should be sexually subservient and inferior to men,’ according to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office in Vermont.
‘On these communication platforms, Griffin sought to persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive. In June of 2020, Griffin advised a mother of 9- and 13-year-old daughters that the mother’s responsibility was to see that her older daughter was “trained properly.”‘
‘Griffin later transferred over $3,000 to the mother for plane tickets so the mother and her 9-year-old daughter could fly from Nevada to Boston’s Logan airport.’
‘The mother and child flew to Boston in July of 2020, where Griffin picked them up in his Tesla and drove them to his Ludlow house. At the house, the daughter was directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity,’ the statement added.
Two other minors were reportedly targeted in April 2020 by Griffin for sex after he ‘proposed to engage in a “virtual training session” over a video chat that would include him instructing the mother and her 14-year-old daughter to remove their clothing and touch each other at his direction,’ the US Attorney’s Office in Vermont relayed.
Authorities said that several months later, in June of 2020, Griffin ‘proposed to a purported mother of a 16-year-old daughter that she take a “little mother-daughter trip” to Griffin’s Ludlow ski house for sexual training involving the child.’
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Griffin’s former employer, CNN, says it was unaware of his actions prior to his arrest.
‘Prior to his arrest and indictment, we had no knowledge about the case,’ a CNN spokesperson said to Fox News.
The former CNN employee had previously worked with another embattled former CNN employee, Chris Cuomo, before Cuomo got his own primetime show in 2018.
Before his arrest and subsequent termination from the network, he was a senior producer for CNN’s morning program ‘New Day.’