Second CNN producer under “criminal investigation” involving “potential minor victims”

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A second ex-CNN producer is under criminal investigation into allegations involving “potential underage victims.”

The Fairfax County Police Department (Va.) Confirmed to Fox News Digital that a criminal investigation has been initiated “into serious allegations involving potential juvenile victims” and that “detectives assigned to the Exploitation Squad Children from the Major Crime Bureau are leading this investigation “into Rick. Saleeby, a former senior producer of “The Lead” by Jake Tapper.

“While we will eventually be 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 Fairfax County Police spokesperson in a statement.

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A CNN spokesperson told Fox News Digital, “The person in question no longer works for CNN” and that he resigned earlier this month. The investigation follows the arrest of former CNN producer John Griffin, who faces federal charges of child sex crimes.

CNN Headquarters is pictured in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States on October 29, 2018. REUTERS / Chris Aluka Berry

The Saleeby investigation appears to be linked to reports from the conservative guerrilla newspaper Project Veritas. The Fairfax County Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital that it has been in contact with Project Veritas as well as potentially affected victims as part of its investigation.

The spokesperson also told Fox News that police seized “numerous items from the subject’s home in Virginia,” but declined to go into details.

Fox News has contacted Saleeby’s attorney for comment.

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While Saleeby resigned from CNN, Griffin was fired after his arrest for inciting sex with minors.

“The charges against Mr. Griffin are deeply troubling. We learned of his arrest on Friday afternoon and terminated his employment on Monday,” a CNN spokesperson told Fox News earlier this month.

CNN Senior Producer John Griffin was indicted by a grand jury in Vermont this month "with three counts of using an interstate commerce facility to attempt to induce minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity."

CNN Senior Producer John Griffin was indicted by a Vermont grand jury this month “with three counts of using an interstate commerce facility to attempt to induce minors to engage in illegal sexual activity “.
(Twitter)

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.” He offered a woman $ 30,000 for a “mother-daughter weekend with me” and told authorities he was “ashamed” when he was taken into custody after allegedly abusing a young girl. 9 years old and seduces other minors.

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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, “Vermont Attorney’s Office wrote in a report. “On these communication platforms, Griffin 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 girls that the mother’s responsibility was to ensure that his 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. Mother and child surrendered. in Boston in July 2020, where Griffin picked them up from his Tesla and drove them to his house in Ludlow. At the house, the girl was ordered to indulge and engaged in illegal sexual activity, ” indicates the press release.

Earlier this month, longtime CNN senior producer John Griffin was arrested by the FBI after being charged with shocking sex crimes with girls as young as nine.  He was then fired by the network.

Earlier this month, longtime CNN senior producer John Griffin was arrested by the FBI after being charged with shocking sex crimes with girls as young as nine. He was then fired by the network.
(Vermont State Police)

According to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, the 44-year-old CNN employee “attempted to entice two other children on the Internet to engage in sexual activity” and in April 2020 he “offered to participate in a “virtual training session.” in a video chat in which he would ask the mother and her 14-year-old daughter to remove their clothes and touch each other under his direction. ”

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Additionally, Griffin “proposed to 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” in June 2020.

Court documents have revealed that federal investigators seized “computer storage media, devices, phones, cameras, MicroSD cards, pictures and videos” from Griffin on September 2, 2020,

“Prior to his arrest and charge, we had no knowledge of the case,” a CNN spokesperson told Fox News. The outlet also said that no devices owned by CNN and issued to Griffin had gone missing or had been reported lost as of September 2020, when investigators said they had seized some of his electronic devices.

Griffin was a senior producer on CNN’s morning show “New Day” and had previously worked alongside Chris Cuomo before Cuomo landed his own prime-time show in 2018.

Cuomo was also fired this month after CNN learned that a former colleague at another network brought forward an allegation of sexual misconduct against the network’s star presenter. Cuomo had previously been suspended for helping his brother, ousted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, amid the Democrat’s own sexual harassment scandal.

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Brian Flood, Rebecca Rosenberg and Michael Ruiz of Fox News contributed to this report.

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