FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA – CNN continues to be embroiled in sexual scandal as a second producer is under investigation for alleged sexual offenses in relation to a minor.
Recently, as we previously reported, CNN ex-producer John Griffin was arrested by the FBI “for allegedly soliciting three mothers and their minor daughters for ‘training’ in fetish sex.”
Now, according to Fox 26 News, Fairfax County police have seized electronics and hard drives from CNN producer Rick Saleeby after Project Veritas exposed a history of sexual fantasies about, and solicitation of photos of, underage girls.
On Wednesday, December 15, Project Veritas released a video showing texts and FaceTime conversations between Saleeby and source Janine Bonanni, a victim of human trafficking and former sex worker.
Bonanni told James O’Keefe with Project Veritas that she had known Saleeby for 10 years, since he solicited sex from her while she was being trafficked, and she added that he probably felt safe confiding in her because of her past.
She said she pursued communications with Saleeby since August of 2021 in order to gather enough incriminating information to take to authorities.
Bonanni went on to share some shocking revelations about Saleeby’s fantasies of a sexual relationship with the 14-year old daughter of his fiancée.
In text conversations, Bonanni related that Saleeby fantasized about the his fiancée’s daughter: “Oh, she’s so hot, I want to do this, this and this.”
Texts continued by saying:
“She was wearing very closely cut bottoms at the pool….
“Could see the outline of her p****.
“Definitely wanted a picture.
“And we’d f*** thinking about it.”
BREAKING: Project Veritas Names @CNN Producer Involved in Wednesday’s Tragic Story
The Producer is Rick Saleeby.
— Shanon Clinkenbeard (@shanon_sclink13) December 24, 2021
FaceTime audio included the horrible words:
“After I’m done having my mouth on her, I’m gonna walk up and put my crotch very close to her face [referring to his fiancée’s 14-year-old daughter], slowly unzip my zipper, and just guide her head a little closer and I’m just going to have her kiss the head.
“I want you to kiss the head of my c***. Then I’m going to put her hand on it so she can feel what the hard flesh feels like.”
Bonanni also shared that Saleeby solicited nude “mom and daughter” pictures of her and her 15-year-old daughter, “several times.”
Bonanni told O’Keefe that she did take the texts and FaceTime conversations to the police, and she was told, “There’s no case here.”
“He wouldn’t even look at my phone to show him the evidence.”
🚨#BreakingNews: Second @CNN producer embroiled in pedophilia scandal. Text messages by an informant reveal Rick Saleeby, senior CNN producer for @jaketapper, allegedly describing sexually explicit fantasies with his fiancée’s 14-y/o daughter. pic.twitter.com/OS7wj144HZ
— Lynnwood Times (@LynnwoodTimes) December 24, 2021
However, after Project Veritas went public with their video of Bonanni, Fairfax County authorities evidently did take the accusations seriously and have seized Saleeby’s electronics and hard drives.
Project Veritas reports further:
“Project Veritas has been fully cooperative with authorities and turned over all evidence to Fairfax County authorities last week.
“At this time, those same authorities have not yet responded to Project Veritas’ request for comment.”
Thus far, CNN appears to be keeping mum on the issue as well.
Tucker Carlson reported that his team asked CNN about the employment status of Saleeby, and “they didn’t get back to us.”
CNN’S ZUCKER SILENT: Top Boss Still Refusing to Address Current Employment Status of Jake Tapper's Producer Rick Saleeby Following Horrifying Pedophilia Allegations Involving Fiancé’s Minor Daughter pic.twitter.com/wl2YywncVQ
— Annakonda (@etna7777) December 24, 2021
The mother of the 14-year-old child targeted by Saleeby learned of her fiancé’s sexual fantasies after she was contacted by Project Veritas.
“I wanted to reach out to sincerely thank you again. I am very grateful toward you guys and everything you’ve done for me and my children. Our world has just been completely flipped upside down, but none of that matters.
“We are all safe. I’m hoping, praying, and pushing for charges to be brought against him, so he can never do this to another child/family again….
“Despite the hardships ahead, I am going to continue to sit with these feelings of gratitude toward you guys and the woman who provided you with the information. Gratitude will get us through to the other side of all this.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart and Merry Christmas.”
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Report: CNN ex-producer John Griffin’s personal devices seized several months before sex trafficking arrest
Originally published December 20, 2021
On Wednesday, December 15th, Fox News reported that a Nevada criminal complaint revealed officials initially learned of CNN producer John Griffin’s “depraved proclivities” 18 months ago.
Yet the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) did not arrest him until Friday, December 10th, in Connecticut for allegedly soliciting three mothers and their minor daughters for “training” in fetish sex.
The criminal complaint against the mom who pimped out her 9-year-old daughter to Griffin in Vermont discloses several new details about the disturbing arraignment.
Chris Cuomo CNN producer John Griffin charged with luring girls https://t.co/yXJlj11Ri8
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) December 11, 2021
The third count in the federal indictment out of Vermont is based on the encounter with the 9-year-old in July 2020, for which Griffin allegedly paid the mom $3,500 via Venmo.
According to court documents, after the woman’s arrest in August 2020, federal investigators seized “computer storage media, devices, phones, cameras, MicroSD cards, images, and video” from Griffin on September 2, 2020.
In a statement to Fox News, a CNN spokesperson said:
“Prior to his arrest and indictment, we had no knowledge about the case.”
The media outlet also said no CNN-owned devices issued to Griffin went missing or were reported lost in September 2020, when investigators said they seized some of his electronics.
Three days after his arrest, on Monday, December 13th, CNN fired Griffin.
CNN reportedly initially said Griffin would be suspended pending an investigation, but was instead terminated by the network. A CNN spokesperson said:
“The charges against Mr. Griffin are deeply disturbing. We learned of his arrest Friday afternoon and terminated his employment Monday.”
The federal indictment accuses Griffin of trying to entice minors to his Vermont vacation home for sexual encounters in 2020 and one Nevada mom allegedly took him up on the offer in July 2020.
The criminal complaint filed against the Nevada woman on August 25, 2020 in Henderson Justice Court details the disturbing and horrific abuse, and describes the woman as the adoptive mother.
— creston quin (@CrestonQ) December 19, 2021
According to the indictment, the woman allegedly flew the 9-year-old from Nevada to Boston, Massachusetts, where Griffin is accused of picking them up in a Tesla and driving them to his $2 million vacation house in a Vermont ski town.
In the Nevada complaint, the 9-year-old described the Vermont house as a “cabin with a garage and three floors.” She also told investigators that a “man named John” picked her up from the airport in a red Tesla.
Following the trip, the child went back to her biological mom, who does not have complete custodial rights. However, when it was time for the adoptive mother to get her, she could not be located.
The biological mom found that the adoptive mother was logged into her daughter’s phone.
So she used it to post to the other woman’s social media accounts, asking for help in finding her.
She then discovered appalling text messages discussing sex toys, bondage activities, the girl and Griffin.
The criminal complaint says that the biological mom knew her child had been taken to Vermont, but “did not know anything like this was taking place until after she discovered these messages.”
Through the messages, the biological mom also learned that the adoptive mom “had gone out to Vermont to visit a [man] named John Griffin who she met on an online porn/sex page.”
Longtime CNN producer John Griffin had pickup full of empty wine bottles in DUI arrest, documents show | Fox News. WOW! CNN is crumbing like a house of cards. https://t.co/pft9efSpsv
— 🇺🇸DLMP🇺🇸 (@DLMPK123) December 19, 2021
She contacted Griffin, who said that the other woman was hospitalized in Boston during the course of the trip. However, the discussion left out details about their BDSM-themed encounter, which allegedly included explicit scenarios.
While the woman was in the hospital, the child was allegedly left alone with Griffin in his ski-in/ski-out mountainside chalet. The court papers allege:
“John claimed nothing happened between him and [the child], and told [the mom] he did not want to talk to police but would if he needed to.”
However, the 9-year-old told a social worker who interviewed her that, on separate occasions, she had been forced to watch her adoptive mother engage in sex acts with four different men, including Griffin.
ICYMI: CNN fired senior producer John Griffin shortly after he was arrested by the FBI and charged with federal child sex crimes. https://t.co/9nV71e0bxI
— WTGS (@WTGSFOX28) December 17, 2021
The criminal complaint said that the Nevada suspect admitted to taking the child to Vermont to meet “a man named John Griffin or Gifford. She went there with the purpose of engaging in BDSM play with John.”
She denied that the child was in the room during the activities.
The Nevada woman faces numerous felony counts including child abuse, sex assault, and lewdness with a minor. Many of these charges are unrelated to the Vermont trip.
The charges that do involve Griffin allege that he watched as the child was made to perform lewd acts with the adoptive mother. After three nights of this alleged activity, the child refused to participate any further.
According to the federal indictment, between April and July 2020, Griffin allegedly invited three women and their underage daughters over “for the purposes of sexual training”. The third and final charge pertains to the Nevada child.
Griffin faces three counts of sex trafficking minors, one of which is related to the Vermont visit. If convicted, Griffin could face up to life in prison.
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