CNN producer Rick Saleeby resigned from his role on anchor Jake Tapper's show after Project Veritas reported on allegations that he solicited nude photos of underage girls.
Matt Dornic, the network's head of strategic communication, confirmed Wednesday that Saleeby resigned within the past several weeks. Project Veritas spoke to a woman who said Saleeby tried to obtain photos of her 15-year-old daughter. The conservative group has also reported that he is under investigation by authorities in Fairfax County, Virginia, where his home was raided and officers seized electronics as part of the investigation.
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I suspect you know that Rick Saleeby does not work for CNN. He resigned from his position weeks ago. I shared this w Fox News & The Wash Times last week. Breitbart, Epoch & Virginia Star today. None have published it yet.— Matt Dornic (@mdornic) December 29, 2021
In one of the Project Veritas videos, a man the group says is Saleeby was recorded describing sexual fantasies about young girls.
Saleeby appeared Tuesday in Fairfax County court, outside which Project Veritas reported confronting him but received no comment from him or his attorney.
The Washington Examiner reached out to Fairfax County police for comment.
A statement from the department was obtained by Project Veritas, which said investigators were looking into allegations involving potential juvenile victims, although it did not mention Saleeby by name as reported by Post Millennial.
“Detectives assigned to the Child Exploitation Squad of the Major Crimes Bureau are leading the 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,” police said.
“At this time, we are not in a position to provide additional detail on the scope or nature of this investigation," the statement added.
Another CNN producer, John Griffin, was fired earlier this month after a grand jury indicted him on charges of sex crimes with minors. Griffin allegedly tried to convince women to let him train their daughters sexually. He pleaded not guilty to the charges during an arraignment in federal court in Vermont and faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison if convicted, according to Fox News.
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The possible sex crimes among its producers are the latest headaches for the network.
CNN fired anchor Chris Cuomo in December after evidence emerged that he helped his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with media contacts when he was accused of sexual misconduct. Anchor Don Lemon was caught up in scandal the same month when it was revealed that he texted actor Jussie Smollett that the Chicago police did not believe his faux hate crime story.