Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for CNN — one of their producers has been charged with trying to lure children into engaging in sexual activity.
A veteran CNN producer that bragged on LinkedIn that he worked “shoulder-to-shoulder” with disgraced anchor Chris Cuomo, has been indicted for luring very young girls to engage in sexual activity.
John Griffin, 44, of Stamford, Connecticut, was arrested on Friday by the FBI after being charged by a federal grand jury in Vermont.
Griffin used the social media apps Kik and Google Hangout as well as other platforms including a BDSM dating, Fetish, and Kink Site to communicate with people who claimed to be parents with young daughters. In his chats, Griffin told them that he believed that there was a “wanton whore” at “the core of any” female, that women should be sexually subservient and inferior to men, and that a “woman is a woman regardless of her age.” He then tried to persuade parents to allow him to instruct the children on how to be sexually submissive.
According to a statement released by the Vermont office of the Department of Justice, Griffin was successful in at least one instance.
In June 2020, after Griffin sent her $3000 for plane tickets, a mother of two girls, ages 13 and 9, traveled with her younger daughter from Nevada to Boston where Griffin then drove them to his $1.8 million Ludlow, Vermont ski getaway. Griffin had told the mother that it was her responsibility to ensure that her daughters were “trained properly.”
The Justice Department statement of Griffin’s actions will make you sick.
According to the indictment, from April to July of 2020, Griffin utilized the messaging applications Kik and Google Hangouts to communicate with people purporting to be parents of minor daughters, conveying to them, among other ideas, that a “woman is a woman regardless of her age,” and that women should be sexually subservient and inferior to men. On these communication platforms, Griffin sought to persuade parents to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive. In June of 2020, Griffin advised a mother of 9- and 13-year-old daughters that the mother’s responsibility was to see that her older daughter was “trained properly.” Griffin later transferred over $3,000 to the mother for plane tickets so the mother and her 9-year-old daughter could fly from Nevada to Boston’s Logan airport. The mother and child flew to Boston in July of 2020, where Griffin picked them up in his Tesla and drove them to his Ludlow house. At the house, the daughter was directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity.
The indictment also includes specific allegations that Griffin attempted to entice two other children over the internet to engage in sexual activity. In April of 2020, Griffin proposed to engage in a “virtual training session” over a video chat that would include him instructing the mother and her 14-year-old daughter to remove their clothing and touch each other at his direction. In June of 2020, Griffin proposed to a purported mother of a 16-year-old daughter that she take a “little mother-daughter trip” to Griffin’s Ludlow ski house for sexual training involving the child.
Source: DOJ District of Vermont
According to social media posts, Griffin is himself a father of three young children.
Griffin began his employment with CNN in 2013, and in addition to working with Cuomo, he also worked with senior political analyst John Avalon. Before his employment at CNN, Griffin worked for ABC News, Fox News, and CBS.
On Friday, a CNN spokesperson issued a brief statement, “We take the charges against Mr. Griffin incredibly seriously. We only learned of his arrest this afternoon and have suspended him pending investigation.”
Griffin has been charged with three counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
Each count carries a maximum penalty of up to life with the mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, upon conviction. He also would face at least five years of supervised release on each charge.
The Rutland Herald reports that the indictment “seeks the forfeiture of the Ludlow seasonal home, the Tesla, a 2018 Mercedes Benz, various computers, phones, cameras and videos seized from the defendant on Sept. 2, 2020.”
According to the indictment, Griffin had told one parent that he had “sexually trained girls as young as 7 years old.”
Let’s hope that the parents also face charges for knowingly handing over their children to be abused by a sick predator.