A top producer of Jake Tapper has been arrested in connection with a criminal investigation into allegations of misconduct involving “underage victims” just weeks after another CNN producer because Chris Cuomo was fired for similar claims.
Rick Saleeby, former producer of Jake Tapper’s The Lead, resigned from the network after his arrest on December 18.
Police in Fairfax County, Va., Have launched an investigation into “serious allegations involving potential juvenile victims” and that “detectives assigned to the Major Crimes Bureau’s Child Exploitation Squad are leading this investigation.”
In a video posted by far-right conservative group Project Veritas, a man the group says is Saleeby was recorded describing sexual fantasies about young girls.
On Tuesday, Saleeby appeared in Fairfax County court where members of Project Veritas confronted him, but they received no comment from him or his attorney, according to the Denver Journal.
Little information was available regarding Saleeby or his arrest on Thursday.
“Detectives assigned to the Major Crimes Bureau’s Child Exploitation Squad are investigating,” police said of Saleeby.
“While we are ultimately transparent about our findings, protecting the privacy and safety of victims and witnesses as well as maintaining the integrity of our criminal investigation is of paramount importance.”
“At this time, we are unable to provide additional details on the scope or nature of this investigation,” the statement added.
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Former CNN producer John Griffin, left, of Stamford, and former Jake Tapper show executive Rick Saleeby, right
It comes just a week after another CNN senior producer, John Griffin, was fired after being arrested on December 10 for sex crimes involving children.
Griffin has been accused of attempting to persuade minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity after a year-long investigation in which he was accused of taking a woman and a 9-year-old girl, described as his adopted daughter, to train the enslaved daughter. ‘
The Saleeby investigation was allegedly sparked by reports from Project Veritas.
“While we are ultimately transparent about our findings, protecting the privacy and safety of victims and witnesses as well as maintaining the integrity of our criminal investigation is of paramount importance,” said a door. – Fairfax County Police said in a statement.
The Fairfax County Police Department has confirmed it has been in contact with CNN, as well as victims reported by Saleeby.
“The person in question is no longer with CNN” and resigned earlier this month, a CNN spokesperson said in a statement.
Pictured Jake Tapper’s “The Lead”, CNN’s program where former producer Rick Saleeby worked before he was forced to quit the network earlier this month
While Saleeby was given the option of resigning from the network, Griffin was fired immediately after his arrest for inciting sex with minors.
Griffin was indicted by a Vermont grand jury “with three counts of using an interstate commerce facility to attempt to induce minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity.”
The Stamford resident, 42, allegedly offered a Nevada woman, identified as Heather Carriker, 48, of Henderson, $ 30,000 for a “mother-daughter weekend with me”, before revealing to authorities that ‘he was “ashamed” after being taken into police custody for allegedly abusing a nine-year-old girl and seducing other minors.
According to the indictment, from April to July 2020 Griffin used messaging apps Kik and Google Hangouts to communicate with people claiming to be parents of underage girls, making them understand, among other ideas, that a “woman is a woman regardless of her age,” and that women should be sexually enslaved and inferior to men, “the Vermont prosecutor’s office wrote in a statement.
John Griffin, left, was a producer for Chris Cuomo, right, before Cuomo landed his own prime-time show in 2018
Chris Cuomo, left, and Griffin, right on CNN before the two left the network in disgrace
“On these communication platforms, Griffin has sought to persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive. In June 2020, Griffin informed a mother of 9 and 13-year-old daughters that the mother’s responsibility was to ensure that her eldest daughter was “properly trained.”
“Griffin then transferred over $ 3,000 to the mother for airline tickets so the mother and 9-year-old daughter could fly from Nevada to Logan Airport in Boston.”
“The mother and child flew to Boston in July 2020, where Griffin picked them up in his Tesla and drove them to his house in Ludlow. At home, the girl was ordered to surrender and engaged in illegal sexual activity, ”the statement read.
In April 2020, Griffin reportedly attempted to lure two more minors into sex, after he “offered to participate in a” virtual training session “on a video chat that included him asking the mother and her 14-year-old girl to remove their clothes and touch themselves under her direction, ”according to the Vermont prosecutor’s office.
Several months later, in June 2020, authorities said Griffin “offered an alleged mother of a 16-year-old daughter to take a” little mother-daughter trip “to Griffin’s Ludlow ski house for sexual training. involving the child “.
According to his former employer, CNN was completely unaware of Griffin’s actions prior to his arrest.
“Prior to his arrest and charge, we had no knowledge of the case,” a CNN spokesperson told Fox News.
Griffin had previously worked alongside fellow struggling former CNN employee Chris Cuomo before Cuomo landed his own prime-time show in 2018.
He was the senior producer of CNN’s “New Day” morning show before his arrest and subsequent removal from the network.