The FBI has offered some perspective into a case involving a CNN staffer who was arrested last week for allegedly enticing young mothers and their underage daughters into having sex.
According to federal prosecutors, John Griffin, 44, was arrested by the FBI on Friday. The Stamford, Conn., native tried to persuade the parents to allow him to ‘train’ their underage daughters how to be more sexually submissive, according to the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont.
“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,” the Department of Justice statement says.
“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 statement continued.
“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 statement added.
In addition, the federal indictment also claims that Griffin tried to use the Internet in an effort to lure a pair of other children into engaging in unlawful sex.
“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 indictment states.
“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 indictment notes.
The findings of the case led FBI Special Agent in Charge Janeen DiGuiseppi of the Albany Field Office to also a statement saying, “The allegations are deeply disturbing.”
— FBI Albany (@FBIAlbany) December 10, 2021
Conservative Brief added context to these new allegations:
It is another blow to the news network that has been engulfed in scandals recently. It started with its firing of primetime anchor Chris Cuomo for, not only helping his brother, disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo but also, apparently, allegations of sexual impropriety.
And even more recently, accusations by actor Jussie Smollett, who was convicted on five counts related to lying to police about a fake hate crime he alleged was done against him by supporters of Donald Trump because he is black and gay, that Don Lemon, another primetime anchor, tipped him off to the fact that police did not believe his story…
Griffin has been employed by CNN since 2013.
“Griffin was once a producer for the Chris Cuomo show and was most recently a producer for CNN senior political analyst John Avlon,” the CT Insider reported.
CNN went on to issue a statement on the allegations.
“We take the charges against Mr. Griffin incredibly seriously,” a CNN spokesperson said on Friday, according to Mediaite. “We only learned of his arrest this afternoon and have suspended him pending investigation.”
“Griffin appeared Friday afternoon in New Haven federal court via Zoom. Judge Robert Spector said he would file an order for Griffin to be transferred to Vermont,” according to the Stamford Advocate.