(GoRealNewsNow.com) – John Griffin, a former producer for the news network CNN, has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for crimes against a child in Vermont.
Now 45 years old, Griffin reached a plea deal in December, admitting to contacting a woman on a website and pressuring her into bringing her nine-year-old daughter to Ludlow to participate in illicit activities.
In response to his plea, the government decided to forgo two more charges that had been made against him for enticing a minor.
The court documents indicate that from April to July 2020, Griffin used the messaging apps Kik and Google Hangouts to converse with individuals claiming to be parents of young girls.
He communicated the belief that a “woman is a woman regardless of her age,” and that women ought to be subordinated and lesser than men.
Through these digital mediums, Griffin attempted to convince parents to let him instruct their daughters in submissive behavior.
In June 2020, he told a mother with 9- and 13-year-old daughters that it was her duty to ensure that her older daughter was “trained properly.” Subsequently, Griffin transferred over $3,000 to the mother to cover the plane tickets so she and her 9-year-old daughter could travel from Nevada to Boston’s Logan Airport. The mother and daughter made the journey in July of 2020, where Griffin collected them in his Tesla vehicle and drove them to his residence in Ludlow. While there, the daughter was made to participate in unlawful activities.
Additionally, the court documents include particular accusations that Griffin tried to persuade two other children to participate in illicit activities via online platforms. In April 2020, he suggested engaging in a “virtual training session” over a video chat, which involved him instructing a mother and her 14-year-old daughter to undress and follow his instructions. In June 2020, Griffin suggested to another alleged mother of a 16-year-old daughter that they should take a “little mother-daughter trip” to Griffin’s Ludlow ski house for the same inappropriate training involving the girl.
Following his arrest in 2021, Griffin’s employment with CNN was terminated.