CNN producer accused of inciting parents and underage girls to “sex training”

CNN producer John Griffin was arrested by the FBI on Friday after a federal grand jury charged him with inciting minors to engage in “illegal sexual activity” at his Vermont property.

Griffin, 44, of Stamford, Connecticut, has been charged with three counts of “using an interstate commerce facility” to entice minors and people claiming to be their parents to train them to be sexually enslaved the Vermont attorney’s office said in a statement. .

Court documents did not list a lawyer for Griffin, who worked for CNN for about eight years, according to a story published by the network.

“The charges against Mr. Griffin are deeply troubling. We only learned of his arrest yesterday afternoon and suspended him pending investigation, “CNN said in a statement.

According to his LinkedIn profileGriffin said he was working “shoulder to shoulder” with former CNN presenter Chris Cuomo, who was fired earlier this month after an investigation by the New York attorney general showed how he had helped his brother, the former governor of New York, defend himself against sexual violence. allegations of misconduct.

Griffin used messaging apps Kik and Google Hangouts to communicate with parents of underage girls and convince them to allow him to train their daughters to be submissive to men because they are “inferior,” according to the act. federal charge. He believed that a “woman is a woman no matter what her age,” officials say.

In June 2020, Griffin texted the mother of two daughters, aged 9 and 13, telling the mother it was her responsibility to make sure the eldest daughter was “properly trained,” according to the ‘indictment.

Griffin transferred the mother’s $ 3,000 for plane tickets from Nevada to Boston. In July 2020, the woman and her 9-year-old daughter flew to Boston where they met Griffin and traveled to his Vermont home. There, the girl was “ordered to indulge and engaged in illegal sexual activity”, according to the indictment.

Griffin faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison on each charge if convicted, federal officials said.

Janhvi Bhojwani contributed.

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