CNN staffer facing federal child sex abuse charges

A CNN staffer was just indicted by a federal grand jury.

According to Breitbart, 44-year-old John Griffin stands accused of trying to persuade parents to let him engage in sexual activities with their minor daughters.

The senior producer for CNN has since been suspended by the network.

Accused of heinous crimes

Specifics regarding the allegations Griffin is facing were released in a news release Friday from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont, where he was indicted.

The release said in part:

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.

The statement goes on to describe the incidents in detail. “In June of 2020,” it said, “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.'”

The U.S. attorney’s office goes on:

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.

Griffin has also been accused of attempting to engage in “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,” as well as proposing “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.”

Arrested by the FBI

Griffin was arrested Friday by the FBI and is now facing three counts of “using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity,” the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Griffin had been an employee at CNN since 2013, according to Fox News, and was reported to have most recently served as senior producer for the network’s New Day.

“We take the charges against Mr. Griffin incredibly seriously,” a spokesperson for CNN said in response to the incident, Fox reported.

“We only learned of his arrest this afternoon and have suspended him pending investigation,” the spokesperson added.

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