A TVNewser tipster tells us Aaron Bruns, a producer in the Fox News Channel Washington, D.C. bureau, has been arrested and charged with one count of possession of child pornography. A Fox News spokesperson confirms, telling TVNewser, “We are aware of the arrest and he is currently suspended without pay.”
Bruns is in federal court in Washington, D.C. this afternoon appearing on the felony charge.
Bruns has been with FNC for more than six years. He was an embed producer with the Hillary Clinton campaign last year.
> Update: FishbowlDC reports this is not Bruns’ first run-in with the law. He dropped out of the University of Michigan in 1999 after being arrested on charges of distributing child pornography. So why wasn’t Bruns checked out by Fox News? A network spokesperson tells TVNewser criminal background checks were not instituted until 2003. Bruns was hired in 2002.
> Update (2): The Smoking Gun has obtained the arrest affidavit. A warning that it is graphic in its detail.