An ABC News reporter who bragged about ‘debunking’ Pizzagate faces life in prison after being convicted of a sickening array of child s*x crimes. James Gordan Meek, who had worked for ABC News for nearly ten years until an investigation into his child s*x crimes led to his arrest, was convicted on federal charges of transporting and possessing child s*x abuse material in July.
Federal prosecutors are recommending that Meek receive a minimum of 15 years in prison.
Foxnews.com reports: The prosecutors detailed Meek’s actions in court papers that were 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 S*xual Abuse Material] collection for his sexual gratification.”
They noted that Meek sent and received pornography of “infants and toddlers” as well as content “depicting sadistic and masochistic abuse of prepubescent children.”
In his search for the content, Meek solicited lewd images from underage individuals and even posed “as a minor himself.” According to court documents, law enforcement found text message conversations between the former journalist and two girls – one 14-years-old and the other 15 – who sent him pictures of their 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 involving the s*xual abuse of children were associate with Meek. Law enforcement raided his home in Arlington, Virginia thereafter.
An FBI affidavit revealed that agents found dozens of child pornography images in the search that he had been collecting since 2014.
At the time Meek had been working as an investigative producer at ABC News. He had been at the outlet’s Washington bureau since 2013, after working at the New York Daily News for some time.
During his career, Meek also served as senior counterterrorism adviser and investigator for the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. In 2017, his breaking news coverage of shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub received an Emmy.
Immediately after the raid on Meek’s home, Meek resigned from ABC News. He was arrested on charges of alleged transportation of images of child s*x abuse in January 2023.
In court documents filed Monday, Meek’s lawyer, Eugene Gorokhov asked for no more than the minimum sentence, and argued that the prosecutors’ recommendations were “excessive.”
Gorokhov claimed that “Meek’s criminal conduct in this case is completely at odds with his proven personal values,” and appealed to the defendant being a father of two girls. The defense lawyer also argued that Meek’s coverage of the war on terror in the Middle East affected “his mental wealth.”
“It is notable that trauma has been found to lead to this type of emotional numbing, combined with an increased tendency towards impulsivity,” Gorokhov claimed.
Representatives for ABC News did not immediately respond for comment.