A second producer for one of CNN’s top media personalities is reportedly under criminal investigation for “serious allegations” involving potential juvenile victims.
The allegations against Rick Saleeby, a former senior producer for Jake Tapper’s “The Lead,” appear to be connected to reporting by Project Veritas. Saleeby resigned from CNN this month.
“Fairfax County (Va.) Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital a criminal investigation has been launched ‘into serious allegations involving potential juvenile victims’ and that ‘detectives assigned to the Child Exploitation Squad of the Major Crimes Bureau are leading this investigation,’” Fox News reported. “The investigation into Saleeby appears to be tied to reporting by the conservative guerilla journalism outlet Project Veritas. The Fairfax County Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital that it had been in communication with Project Veritas as well as possibly affected victims as part of its 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,” Fairfax County Police said in a statement. “At this time, we are not in a position to provide additional detail on the scope or nature of this investigation.” Fox News added that CNN indicated that Saleeby “no longer works for CNN” and that he reportedly resigned from the far-left network this month.
The report on Saleeby comes just a couple of weeks after another CNN senior producer, John Griffin, 44, was hit with federal charges for allegations involving sexual crimes against children.
The DOJ said in a statement:
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. On these communication platforms, Griffin sought to persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive.
The statement said that Griffin brought a mother and her 9-year-old daughter to his home in Vermont where “the daughter was directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity.”
New details that emerged from unsealed court documents provided disturbing new revelations about the case and the type of alleged criminal activity the CNN producer, who used to work with recently-fired host Chris Cuomo, was involved in.
Prosecutors say that Griffin stated that he believed that there is a “wanton wh*re” at the “core of any” woman and “a woman is a woman regardless of her age.” Prosecutors said that Griffin used apps to seek “parents who would allow him to train their minor daughters to be sexually subservient.”
Griffin allegedly told one mother that he believed that “one of the big lies of this society is that women are delicate innocent angels and they are in actuality, naturally, the dirtiest sl*ts possible, in EVERY metric.”
According to court documents, Griffin told a woman he was chatting with that he had “sexually trained girls as young as 7 years old,” and he thought the woman’s daughter “would be a good candidate for such training alongside her mother.” He told her they would start with a video chat in which Griffin would instruct the 14-year-old girl and her mother to remove their clothing and touch each other, prosecutors said in the indictment. He also said the “sexual training would eventually include in-person meetings featuring ‘spanking’ and ‘c*** worship,’” prosecutors said.
Griffin was later fired by CNN.