Former senior CNN producer under investigation in Virginia
A former senior CNN producer is being investigated in Virginia over “serious allegations involving potential juvenile victims,” according to a statement from Fairfax County Police Department.
Fairfax County Police Department confirmed to The Hill that Rick Saleeby, the former producer, was being investigated by the Major Crimes Bureau’s child exploitation unit.
A spokesperson for CNN told The Hill that Saleeby resigned earlier this month and is no longer employed by the cable news network.
Fairfax County police said in a statement that it “will eventually be transparent about our findings” but added that “safeguarding the personal privacy and safety of victims and witnesses as well as maintaining the integrity of our criminal investigation are of paramount importance.”
Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesperson for Fairfax County police, confirmed to The Hill that police had been in contact with Project Veritas regarding the investigation into Saleeby, however, he would not comment on whether Project Veritas was the initial reporting source of Fairfax’s investigation.
Guglielmi confirmed that Saleeby has not yet been charged.
Earlier this month, a grand jury charged a different former CNN producer, John Griffin, with three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont.
Griffin allegedly sought to connect with people who purported to be mothers of underage daughters on the platforms Kik and Google Hangouts.
According to the indictment, he attempted to receive permission from those mothers to teach their daughters to be sexually submissive, allegedly transferring several thousand dollars to fly one mother and daughter to his ski home.
This story was updated at 7:42 p.m. on Dec. 31.