Former CNN producer, John Griffin, has pleaded guilty to a child sex charge for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl at his Vermont ski house.
Griffin, 45, pleaded guilty in federal court to using interstate commerce for the enticement of a minor as part of a plea deal. The two remaining counts of enticement of a minor were initially dropped last year.
Griffin met a woman online and persuaded her to bring her 9-year-old daughter to his $2.5 million Vermont cabin.
He then engaged in sexual activity with the child, according to prosecutors.
The former CNN producer paid the mother $3,000 to fly from Nevada to Boston in July 2020. He then picked up the mother and daughter and drove them to his Ludlow, Vermont, house, where he directed the young girl to engage in sexual activity.
The mother, Heather Carriker, was also slapped with child abuse and child sex assault charges.
As The New York Post reported:
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.
He told the parents he believed that a “woman is a woman regardless of her age” and that, as such, all women should be sexually subservient and inferior to men, prosecutors said.
Griffin tried to get other young girls to do sex acts for him through their parents, according to court documents.
In April 2020, he suggested to the mother of a 14-year-old girl that she and her daughter do a “virtual training session” over video chat in which he would instruct the pair to undress and touch one another in his direction.
Two months later, he tried to persuade a woman and her 16-year-old daughter to take a “little mother-daughter trip” to his ski house for sexual training.
He attempted to lure the girls to his Vermont ski house for “training sessions” on such things as “spanking” and “c–k worship,” prosecutors said in court documents.
Griffin was fired from CNN following his arrest.
The ex-producer was arrested on Dec. 10, 2021, and initially pleaded not guilty to three counts of enticement of a minor.
Griffin faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum life in prison.
Griffin also faces a fine of up to $250,000.
He will also likely register as a sex offender and must participate in treatment.