The former CNN producer who was fired from the network before being charged with molesting a 9-year-old girl has been sentenced to 19 years in prison.
In December, John Griffin, 45, pleaded guilty to using interstate commerce to entice and coerce the Girl to engage in sexual activity.
The Justice Department issued a statement after Griffin’s arrest, saying, “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,” the Justice Department continued.
“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,” the statement continued.
Griffin later attempted to entice two other children into sexual activity, the statement said.
Griffin was arrested for the molestation on December 10, 2021, a day after being indicted by a grand jury.
The child sex offender worked at CNN for approximately eight years.
A CNN spokesperson said in a statement at the time of Griffin’s arrest, saying, “We only learned of his arrest this afternoon and have suspended him pending investigation.”
After serving jail time, Griffin will be subject to an additional 15 years of supervised release.
According to the Washington Times, “Griffin also cannot have contact with people under the age of 18, except in the presence of an adult who has been approved by a probation officer, and is prohibited from being in areas where children congregate, such as schools, playgrounds, and theme parks, unless approved by the probation office beforehand.”
As The Daily Fetched reported, Griffin was fired from CNN following his arrest and initially pleaded not guilty to three counts of enticement of a minor.
Griffin also faces a fine of up to $250,000.
He will also likely register as a sex offender and must participate in treatment.