Former ABC reporter James Gordon Meek has been caught with a cache of child abuse images on multiple devices. Now he faces a minimum of five years in prison. He pled guilty to using his phone to transport and possess explicit images of children, including one of an infant.
Meek, who is 53 years old, was charged in February. These charges came 10 months after the FBI raided his Arlington, Virginia, home in April 2022. They seized all electronics from Meek’s home.
He resigned from ABC and tried closing himself off from the public, attempting to keep his life private. Court documents revealed that the investigation began after Dropbox alerted authorities that Meek kept highly obscene and explicit material on his account.
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Meek admitted to sending the obscene material from his phone using the Kik messaging app during a trip to North and South Carolina in 2020. He also admitted to possessing numerous electronic devices containing numerous images of children participating in “explicit conduct.”
Federal prosecutors reported that they found three separate conversations on his iPhone. The messages showed that Meek expressed the desire to abuse children. They uncovered photos and videos sent and received on his phone.
Dozens of explicit images and videos in Meek’s home dating back to 2014 were found, according to an FBI affidavit. One conversation on his phone showed a text where Meek asked someone, “Have you ever r-p– a toddler girl? It’s amazing.”
The FBI Washington Field Office’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force is investigating Meek’s case. The force comprises FBI agents, federal agents, and detectives from northern Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The task force is responsible for investigating and bringing federal charges against persons engaged in exploiting children and those involved in human trafficking. The police will also be assisting them with the investigation against Meek.
Trial Attorney Whitney Kramer of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Zoe Bedell for the Eastern District of Virginia will be prosecuting his case.