On Tuesday night, federal prosecutors alleged that a former award-winning ABC News producer had transported pictures showing child sexual abuse.
James Gordon Meek, 53, of Arlington, Virginia, was detained after the file hosting service Dropbox alerted law enforcement about five allegedly child sex abuse-related videos in an account. Meek covered terrorism and major crimes for the network, according to The Daily Wire.
The Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington Field Office ultimately received the information.
In April 2022, Meek's home was raided by FBI agents, and he soon announced his resignation.
“Law enforcement seized multiple devices that allegedly contained evidence of the transportation of images of child sexual abuse,” authorities said in a news release.
According to court records, the Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force of the FBI's Washington Field Office started the investigation after receiving a lead from Dropbox.
Several devices that were allegedly used to transport images of child sexual abuse were seized by the task force members and law enforcement.
In court documents, it is claimed that Meek's devices included pictures of children engaging in sexual activity as well as numerous chat conversations with users who were having sexually explicit conversations and expressing support for the sex abuse of children.
In two of those conversations, a user name allegedly connected to Meek received and disseminated materials containing child sex abuse online.
Meek has been accused of transporting child porn. He would be sentenced to a minimum of five years in jail and a maximum of 20 years if found guilty.
The announcement was made by Special Agent in Charge Wayne A. Jacobs of the FBI Washington Field Office's Criminal and Cyber Division, U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Aber for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department's Criminal Division.
The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Whitney Kramer of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Criminal Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Zoe Bedell of the Eastern District of Virginia.
The Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force of the FBI's Washington Field Office investigated this case with significant support from the Arlington County Police Department.
The task force is made up of FBI agents as well as other federal agents and detectives from the District of Columbia and northern Virginia. The task force's mandate is to look into cases of child exploitation and human trafficking and file federal charges against those responsible.