An ABC News reporter who boast on “debunking” Pizzagate faces life in prison after being convicted of a slew of child sex crimes.
James Gordan Meek, who had worked for ABC News for nearly ten years until an investigation into his child sex crimes led to his arrestwas convicted of federal charges of transporting and possessing child sexual abuse material in July.
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Federal prosecutors are recommending that Meek receive a minimum of 15 years in prison.
Foxnews.com reports: Prosecutors detailed Meek’s actions in court documents filed last Friday. In them, prosecutors Zoe Bedell and Whitney Kramer wrote: “He clearly sought out individuals across the Internet for the specific purpose of sharing (and expanding) his [Child Sexual Abuse Material] collection for your sexual gratification.”
They noted that Meek sent and received pornography of “babies and small children,” as well as content “depicting the sadistic and masochistic abuse of prepubescent children.”
In his search for the content, Meek requested lewd images of underage individuals and even posed “as a minor.” According to court documents, law enforcement found text messages between the former journalist and two girls – one 14 and the other 15 – who sent him photographs of her breasts.
The same messages included a video of himself “naked and holding his penis in his hand.”
The investigation into the ex-journo began last year after the FBI received a tip that videos related to child sexual abuse were associated with Meek. Law enforcement later raided his home in Arlington, Virginia.
An FBI affidavit revealed that agents found dozens of images of child pornography in the search it had been collecting since 2014.
At the time, Meek was working as an investigative producer at ABC News. He had been with the outlet’s Washington bureau since 2013, after working at the New York Daily News for a time.
During his career, Meek also served as the US House Committee on Homeland Security’s Senior Counterterrorism Advisor and Investigator. In 2017, his breaking news coverage of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando received an Emmy.
Immediately following the attack on Meek’s home, Meek resigned from ABC News. He was arrested in January 2023 for allegedly transporting images of child sexual abuse.
In court documents filed Monday, Meek’s attorney, Eugene Gorokhov, asked for no more than the minimum sentence and argued that prosecutors’ recommendations were “excessive.”
Gorokhov stated that “Meek’s criminal conduct in this case is completely at odds with his proven personal values,” and appealed that the defendant is the father of two girls. The defense attorney also argued that Meek’s coverage of the war on terror in the Middle East affected “his mental wealth.”
“It’s remarkable that trauma has been found to lead to this kind of emotional numbing, combined with an increased tendency toward impulsivity,” Gorokhov said.
Representatives for ABC News did not immediately return calls for comment.