James Gordon Meek, a 53 year old former ABC News Journalist was arrested yesterday by federal agents for transporting images of child sex abuse.
In a statement released yesterday by the Department of Justice on the arrest, federal authorities reveal that they had searched Meek back in 2022 after an anonymous tip was submitted via Dropbox.
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If convicted, Meek faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison with a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
The statement by the Department of Justice details…
According to court documents, the investigation into James Gordon Meek, 53, of Arlington, was initiated from an investigative lead sent by Dropbox and ultimately received by the FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force. That lead ultimately led to a court-authorized search of Meek’s residence in April 2022 by members of the task force, where law enforcement seized multiple devices that allegedly contained evidence of the transportation of images of child sexual abuse.
According to court documents, several of Meek’s devices allegedly contained images depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and multiple chat conversations with users engaged in sexually explicit conversations where the participants expressed enthusiasm for the sexual abuse of children. In two of those conversations, a username allegedly associated with Meek received and distributed child sexual abuse materials through an internet-based messaging platform.https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/man-arrested-transporting-images-child-sexual-abuse
Meek reportedly resigned from ABC abruptly after his home was initially raided in April of 2022.
Authorities reportedly recovered a cell phone with over 50 explicit images of children, and another older phone with additional illegal material.
NBC news reports…
Investigators recovered an external hard drive of the suspect with “58 images and videos of child pornography” and an iPhone 6 in Meek’s bedroom with “approximately 34 images and videos of suspected child pornography,” according to the complaint.https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/feds-arrest-former-abc-news-journalist-accused-possessing-child-pornog-rcna68642