Reporter Charles Leaf, used by Fox News to smear ‘Ground Zero Mosque,’ arrested for sexually assaulting a 4 year old girl

Charles Leaf is a reporter for New York’s Fox affiliate WNYW.

Leaf joined Fox 5 News in July 2006. As an investigative and general assignment reporter, Leaf has covered major local and national stories including national exclusives on the Bernard Madoff scandal and the proposed development of a mosque near the World Trade Center Site.

Prior to his arrival at WNYW-TV FOX 5 in New York, Leaf was an investigative reporter at KDVR-TV FOX 31 in Denver . .

It was his ‘coverage’ of the Ground Zero community center’s developer, Sharif El Gamal, that Fox News highlighted, using it as part of their News Channel smear campaign:


It’s the usual Fox stuff: endless innuendo, unnamed incognito sources with scoops on the real El Gamal, grainy footage turned black and white and slowed into super slo-mo. Real high-quality journalism.

So you can be sure Leaf knows full well the treatment he’s about to receive — he’s currently sitting in jail, charged with child molestation.

Update: Fox 5 reporter Charles Leaf accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl
Thursday, October 7, 2010 | UPDATED: FRIDAY OCTOBER 8, 2010, 2:20 PM

. . The award-winning Leaf, who is married with two children, was charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said . .

The child is an acquaintance, according to authorities. Leaf is being held in the Bergen County Jail on $250,000 bail and will be arraigned on Nov. 4 in Wyckoff Municipal Court . .

A spokesperson for the station said Fox 5 was aware of the situation and was reviewing it . .

Earlier in his career, Leaf was a reporter in Mobile, Ala., for WPMI, where he became known for his “in-your-face” style, according to the Mobile Register.

I’m sure the New York media will be kind and considerate to Charles.

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