Former ABC News reporter James Gordon Meek is facing a minimum of five years in prison after recently pleading guilty to distributing lewd videos of children in Virginia.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 21, 2023
Meek pled guilty to using his phone to transport and possess the lewd material, which includes a video of an infant being mistreated, along with two other individuals during a chat session.
Meek’s actions carry a prison sentence that could be as long as 40 years.
The former reporter was charged in February 2023, 10 months after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided his home in Arlington, Virginia.
After being raided, Meek resigned from ABC News and decided to lay low.
Court documents show that the FBI’s investigation into Meek began after Dropbox alerted authorities of the former reporter’s usage of the lewd material on his account.
According to federal prosecutors, three different conversations were revealed on Meek’s phone, showing that he had allegedly expressed his desire to mistreat children. They also unveiled photos and videos of the grotesque films that were sent and received on his phone.
Meek’s revealing of the material on his phone was part of a plea agreement, as reported by ABC News.
The affidavit indicates that Meek used Snapchat to try and coerce children into sending him inappropriate photos of themselves. Meek would sometimes portray himself as a girl during those conversations, according to ABC News.
In 2013, Meek was hired at ABC News after serving at the New York Daily News. Meek is known for producing Hulu’s 2021 documentary, “3212 Un-redacted,” which is about a Special Forces operation in Niger that resulted in the deaths of four soldiers in 2017.
According to One America News, “Meek had also served as a senior counterterrorism advisor and investigator for the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security starting in 2011.”