Former CNN producer pleads guilty to child sex crimes charge

John Griffin, a former CNN producer who was accused of inviting a juvenile to his house for sex, has admitted guilt to one of the accusations against him.

According to the plea agreement, “John Griffin agrees to plead guilty because he is, in fact, guilty of the above crime,” the Vermont Digger reported.

Other charges dropped

The other charges from the event from last year were dropped, so he agreed to plead guilty to “using a facility of interstate commerce to attempt to persuade, induce, entice or coerce a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity.”

The New York Post reported:

Griffin, of Stamford, Connecticut, met a woman online and persuaded her to bring her 9-year-old daughter to his $2.5 million Vermont cabin, where he engaged in sexual activity with the child, according to prosecutors.

Griffin paid the mother $3,000 in July 2020 to fly from Nevada to Boston, where he picked them up in a Tesla and drove them to his Ludlow, Vermont, house, where he directed the young girl to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

The mother, Heather Carriker, was also arrested and slapped with child abuse and child sex assault charges. The former producer asked the parents of several minors to bring their daughters to his home for “sexual subservience” training and allegedly bragged about luring girls as young as 7 to his pad.

John Griffin, a 44-year-old resident of Stamford, Connecticut, was charged with attempting to coerce young girls into engaging in sexual conduct by a grand jury in Vermont last year, according to The Daily Mail. Griffin was a contributor to “New Day” on CNN.

He is accused of three counts of abusing minor girls while using a “facility of interstate commerce.”

Extensive crimes against children alleged

A press release from the Department of Justice, US Attorney’s Office, District of Vermont stated:

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.

According to the Department of Justice’s statement, “The indictment also includes specific allegations that Griffin attempted to entice two other children over the internet to engage in sexual activity.  In April 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 in 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.”

“The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that an indictment contains allegations only and that Griffin remains presumed innocent until and unless he is convicted of a crime,” the statement added.

“On each count, Griffin faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years of imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.  The indictment includes a notice that states the federal government intends to seek the forfeiture of Griffin’s Ludlow house, his Tesla, a Mercedes, and other property that was used in the commission of the charged offenses,” it said.

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