Second Former CNN Employee Under Investigation For Alleged Crimes Involving Minors: Report
A second former employee of CNN has come under investigation for alleged inappropriate behavior with minors.
According to Fox News, a man named Rick Saleeby — a former senior producer on Jake Tapper's The Lead — is reportedly under investigation by Fairfax County (Va.) Police Department for "serious allegations involving potential juvenile victims."
A representative for the police department confirmed to the outlet: "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 spokesperson for the left leaning network made it clear in a statement to the outlet, "The person in question no longer works for CNN."
The allegations were first reported by the conservative guerilla journalism outlet Project Veritas. The Fairfax County Police Department confirmed that they had been in touch with the outlet.
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The investigation comes as another former producer at CNN, John Griffin, was indicted by a federal grand jury for federal sex crime charges involving children. He was charged in Vermont "with three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity."
"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," a statement from Vermont's U.S. Attorney's Office explained.
"On these communication platforms, Griffin sought to persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive," the office continued. "In June of 2020, Griffin advised a mother of 9-year-old 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 report stated. "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 network responded to the arrest earlier in December as they said, "The charges against Mr. Griffin are deeply disturbing. We learned of his arrest Friday afternoon and terminated his employment Monday."