RICHMOND, VA – After the release of videos from conservative undercover group Project Veritas, authorities in Virginia have reportedly seized devices from Rick Saleeby – a producer for CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” – amid allegations that he solicited sexually explicit photos of an underage girl, officials say.
Saleeby was alleged by Project Veritas to have solicited sexually explicit images of a girl who was underage; in addition, the controversial undercover group provided text messages allegedly depicting the CNN producer describing incredibly graphic sexual fantasies involving his fiancé’s underage daughter.
Following these allegations – which CNN has yet to address publicly – Fairfax County police proceeded to seize devices – including electronics and computer hard drives – from Saleeby’s residence, according to Jack Posobiec at Human Events.
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Janine Banani – Saleeby’s former fiancée, with who he was in a decade-long relationship – was Project Veritas’ source for the story, and supplied text messages purportedly of the CNN employee requesting explicit photos of her 14 year-old daughter.
In addition, Banani also offered voice recordings that were allegedly of Saleeby engaging in salacious fantasies about her daughter; the individual speaking in the recording recounts of numerous scenarios where he imagines what the genitals of the female minor look like and describes fantasies of her performing various sex acts upon him. Saleeby also allegedly requested nude photos of the mother and daughter together.
Banani said that she allowed Saleeby to continue talking about her daughter in order to gather more evidence on him; after she said local authorities failed to act on her subsequent complaint, she turned to Project Veritas.
This is not the first CNN producer who stands accused of sexual misconduct involving a child; former host Chris Cuomo’s producer, John Griffin, was arrested and suspended from the network earlier this month after he purportedly flew a mother and her 9-year-old daughter to him so that he could train the child to be “sexually subservient” to him.