Second CNN producer is arrested for ‘misconduct involving juvenile victims’: Resigns just one week after top producer for Chris Cuomo was fired after sex crime allegations against a nine year-old girl

Former CNN producer John Griffin, left, of Stamford, and former senior staffer on Jake Tapper’s show Rick Saleeby, right

A top producer for Jake Tapper has been arrested as part of a criminal investigation into allegations of misconduct involving ‘juvenile victims,’ just weeks after another CNN producer, for Chris Cuomo was fired over similar allegations.

Rick Saleeby, a former producer for Jake Tapper’s The Lead, resigned from the network after his arrest on December 18.

Fairfax County, Virginia police have launched a probe 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.

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 at a Fairfax County court where members from Project Veritas confronted him, however they received no comment from him or his attorney, according to the Denver Gazette.

Not much information was available regarding 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 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.’

‘At this time, we are not in a position to provide additional detail on the scope or nature of this investigation,’ the statement added.

It comes just a week after another senior CNN producer, John Griffin, was fired after being arrested on December 10 for sex crimes involving children.

Griffin was charged with attempting to persuade minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity after a year-long investigation where he was accused of flying a woman and a 9-year-old girl, described as her adoptive daughter, to train the girl in ‘sexual subservience.’

The investigation into Saleeby was allegedly prompted by reporting by Project Veritas.

‘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 spokesman for Fairfax County Police said in a statement.

The Fairfax County Police Department confirmed that it had been in communication with CNN, as well as Saleeby’s reported victims.

‘The person in question no longer works for CNN’ and resigned earlier this month, a spokesman for CNN said in a statement.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

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