Former CNN producer gets 19 years in prison for targeting mother, child

June 22, 2023
Ryan Ledendecker

John Griffin, the former CNN producer who was busted for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl, will finally face some of the justice that she and her family deserve to see. 

According to Daily Fetched, Griffin was sentenced to 19 years in prison at a U.S. District Court hearing in Vermont this week.

He was also given an additional 15 years of supervised release.

Griffin had pleaded guilty in federal court last December to charges of interstate commerce to entice and coerce the girl to engage in sexual activity at his private winter resort residence. He pleaded not guilty in 2021.

Sickening circumstances

The former CNN television producer reportedly convinced a mother and her young daughter to fly out to meet him at his Vermont ski home.

The Associated Press noted:

Griffin paid the woman and girl to fly from Nevada to Boston, picked them up and drove them to his Vermont home where the girl said Griffin sexually assaulted her, court records say.

Griffin was arrested on Dec. 10, 2021, a day after he was indicted by a grand jury. He worked for CNN for about eight years but was fired after he was arrested, according to the network.

Griffin had reportedly met the mother through a messaging app.

A Justice Department memo stated: "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."

In his chats with the women he targeted, Griffin reportedly said things like a "woman is a woman regardless of her age."

More charges

The DOJ memo indicated that the mother and daughter were not the only people targeted in his scheme.

"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," the memo read.

It added: "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."

Hopefully, he'll serve the full sentence, as he's clearly a danger to society, and especially children.

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