A top executive at Facebook’s parent company Meta has been caught in an undercover pedophile sting operation, according to reports.
Jeren A. Miles, manager of community development at Meta, was caught in a hotel room where he was allegedly planning to rape an underage boy.
Miles was captured on video admitting to sending sexually explicit messages to a person he believed to be a 13-year-old boy.
The Big Tech exec was filmed in a live-stream video by a group of anti-pedophile activists.
The footage shows him discussing the alleged sexually explicit texts with a person who said they were a 13-year-old boy.
Miles allegedly planned to meet the child at a hotel, according to the video.
According to the activists, Miles had been speaking to one of their undercover operatives who was posing as a child.
He apparently beleived the underage boy was outside his hotel room but opened the door to be greeted by the group of activists, who filmed the encounter and grilled him about his explicit messages to the 13-year-old.
This is so wild. Facebook/Meta's Manager of Community Development, Jeren A. Miles, was allegedly caught in an amateur child sex sting. YouTube channel "Predator Catchers Indianapolis" live-streamed their interrogation of him. Read my breaking report:https://t.co/V0iePnkwKR pic.twitter.com/D1aw1BDdeP
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) February 17, 2022
A Meta spokesperson issued a statement confirming that Miles was a Meta employee but is no longer with the company since the video emerged.
“The seriousness of these allegations cannot be overstated,” Meta spokesman Andrew “Drew” Pusateri told TechCrunch.
“The individual is no longer employed with the company.
“We are actively investigating this situation and cannot provide further comment at this time.”
Miles identifies himself as “Jeren” and as the “manager of community development” at Meta in the video when confronted by members of “Predator Catchers Indianapolis,” who were performing an amateur anti-pedophile sting operation.
Miles admitted to the group that he sent sexually explicit messages to a person he believed to be a 13-year-old boy.
“I was flirting, I was talking to him,” Miles admitted, but said, “there was never any intention of meeting up with him.”
Despite his initial denials, Miles later acknowledged he had arranged to meet with the person he believed to be an underaged boy, telling the group “I gave information, I gave a location.”
However, shortly after Meta acknowledged the video, the plot thickened when Pusateri tried to suppress the story.
Pusateri, Meta’s spokesperson with deep ties to Democratic politics, immediately launched an effort to try to dissuade media outlets from even covering the story.
According to TechCrunch reporter Ingrid Lunden, Meta’s Pusateri pressured her to drop the story, insisting that it isn’t “newsworthy.”
“I’ll point out that Pusateri also tried to talk me out of the newsworthiness of this story over the phone before sending over the statement, noting that other outlets were not covering it (thanks for the advice),” she said.
Prior to joining Meta as its Policy Communications Manager, Pusateri spent over a decade in Democratic politics, including working as Hillary Clinton’s Missouri Communications Director during the 2016 election, accoridng to The National Pulse.
Pusateri has previously worked in top communications roles for several Democratic members of Congress including Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Gary Peters, and Representative Bruce Braley.
Through the charitable foundation of company founder Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has also influenced election outcomes and practices with grants selectively administered to turn out the vote in Democratic strongholds.