CNN producer accused of luring mom and nine-year-old daughter to his Vermont ski home to ‘train’ her to be sexually submissive telling them a ‘woman is a woman regardless of her age’
- John Griffin, 44, of Stamford, Connecticut has been arrested charged with enticing minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity
- From April to July of 2020, Griffin allegedly used online messaging applications to communicate with people purporting to be the parents of minor daughters
- He allegedly attempted to impress ideas, that a ‘woman is a woman regardless of her age,’ and that women should be sexually subservient and inferior to men
- Griffin who was a producer with CNN is alleged to have sought to persuade parents to allow him to ‘train their daughters to be sexually submissive’
- In June 2020, Griffin paid $3,000 for a mother of 9- and 13-year-old daughters to fly from Nevada to Boston to be ‘trained properly’
- After picking them up, the daughter allegedly was directed to engage in unlawful sexual activity at Griffin’s request
- In April 2020, Griffin held a ‘virtual training session’ instructing a mother and her 14-year-old daughter to remove their clothing and touch each other
- On each count, Griffin faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in jail
John Griffin, 44, of Stamford, Connecticut has been arrested charged with enticing minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity
A CNN employee has been charged on Friday accused of luring a mother and her young daughter to come his home to ‘train’ her to be sexually submissive.
John Griffin, who worked on the CNN show New Day, was charged with three counts that he used a ‘facility of interstate commerce to abuse underage girls.’
A Vermont grand jury indicted 44-year-old Griffin, from Stamford, Connecticut of attempting to entice the girls to engage in sexual activity.
‘According to the indictment, between April and 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,’ according to a statement from the Department of Justice on the case.
Griffin who was a producer with CNN is alleged to have sought to persuade parents to allow him to ‘train their daughters to be sexually submissive’
The statement goes on to state that he ‘attempted to entice two other children over the internet to engage in sexual activity.’
In the communications, Griffin is said to have tried to persuade parents to let him train their daughters to be sexually submissive toward men.
In June 2020, Griffin told a mom of two girls, aged 9 and 13 that she needed to have her daughters ‘trained properly.’
Griffin is alleged to have sent her $3,000 in order to pay for plane tickets so that she could travel with her daughters from Nevada to Boston, according to the indictment.
After the trio flew to Boston, Griffin collected them at the airport before driving them to his home in Ludlow, Vermont.
Griffin worked shoulder-to-shoulder with former lead anchor Chris Cuomo on the show New Day
Prosecutors say the girl was forced to engage in illegal sexual contact.
Other allegations in the indictment detail how Griffin allegedly tried to entice two other children online in order to participate in sexual activity.
In April 2020, Griffin coordinated a ‘virtual training session’ in which he instructed a woman and her 14-year-old daughter to remove their clothes during a video chat.
Two months later, in June 2020, prosecutors claim Griffin offered to pay for a woman and her 16-year-old daughter to come to his ski house in Vermont for sexual ‘training’ involving the teen.
Griffin is then said to have mentioned how he ‘sexually trained girls as young as 7 years old,’ according to the indictment.
On each count, Griffin faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in jail
Griffin faces 10 years to life in prison if convicted on each federal count.
‘We take the charges against Mr. Griffin incredibly seriously,’ a CNN spokesperson said on Friday. ‘We only learned of his arrest this afternoon and have suspended him pending investigation.’
Griffin began working with CNN in 2013, working on New Day when Chris Cuomo was its host.
His most recently role saw him acting as a producer for CNN senior political analyst John Avlon.