A former reporter for Fox News in Miami has been indicted on rape charges in the state of Virginia. According to a news report featured by Miami New Times, Orlando Salinas is being held without bail for charges of both rape and forcible sodomy.
— WSLS 10 (@wsls) July 27, 2016
Salinas, who many know as Orly, left Fox News in 2012. When he left Fox he became a CBS affiliate in Roanoke. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail earlier this week. As of now, there are very few details available pertaining to the case. However, the indictment against Salinas confirms that he was arrested in connection with a sexual assault that took place in January of this year and indicates the alleged crime was committed against a woman who is “not his wife.”
As of now, Salinas is expected to appear in court on Monday.
Reports indicate that Salinas left his job with CBS last year after getting into an altercation with his superiors because he did not want to wear a suit and tie to work every day. After leaving CBS, Salinas turned to the real estate market and obtained his license as a real estate agent. In reference to leaving his job as a reporter for CBS, Salinas stated that he and the station “have differing views on what constitutes news and these moments happen at media organizations all across the country everyday.”
Known for his brash personality, Salinas gave an interview in December of last year acknowledging that his personality sometimes rubbed management the wrong way. Some say that his “wrong way” personality didn’t apply only to his management, but to his viewers as well. But Salinas told reporters he didn’t know any other way to be. “Some of the most annoying people make the best reporters,” he added.
“My bosses previously said they wanted me to wear and a tie and jacket because I would look more like a “doctor or a lawyer” and people would respect me more. I said “I’m not a doctor nor a lawyer. I’m just a guy who goes out and speaks with folks who are kind enough to share a little of their world with me. Then on the 5 or 6 o’clock news, I share what I’ve seen and heard. Whether folks believe me or not is up to them,” Salinas said.
The Roanoke Times said Salinas “had an exuberant reporting style and occasionally clashed with public officials and law enforcement spokespersons during news conferences. He also made a habit of speaking to his cameraman during live shots, even bringing him on screen at times, an uncommon practice for television reporters in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market.”
Salinas worked for Fox news for 12 years. According to an additional report from TV Newser, Salinas was under investigation for quite some time prior to his arrest and that he was arrested as a result of a direct indictment. Court documents also indicate that Salinas has a prior criminal history of larceny.
The report of Orlando Salinas arrest has made news all over the United States. News stations ranging from local only to national syndicates have touched on the story and a number of private citizens have taken to social media to voice their opinions on the matter.
@HowieCarrShow Fox “News” correspondent Orlando Salinas is reporting from the “big-house” now. https://t.co/MEB4HYDcqY
— Carter Hall (@Mt_Seleya) July 28, 2016
ICYMI: Former WDBJ reporter Orlando Salinas is behind bars. pic.twitter.com/cyWtW5bMXY
— Annie Andersen (@Annie_Andersen) July 27, 2016
Interestingly, the Roanoke Times also did a follow-up report about Orlando Salinas last year and highlighted where he went with his life after leaving CBS and WDBJ, which was his channel 7 broadcast after his time with Fox News.
The report states that Salinas used his on-screen charisma to secure a position as a real estate agent for RE/MAX Elite in Blacksburg Virginia. After working in journalism as a reporter for more than 25 years, Salinas changed paths to real estate, but continued to dabble in journalism with his news website called Positiv Press, which he operates primarily through Facebook. Salinas was last active on Facebook at around 3 p.m. on July 26.
This is a developing news story, stay tuned to inquisitor as we continue to bring you updates on Orlando Salinas’ indictment and court appearances.
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